Steinar Dagestad

Steinar Dagestad

Chief veterinarian
Norway
Steinar Dagestad graduated as a veterinarian at the Norwegian Veterinary College in 1994. Steinar started at Evidensia Oslo Animal Hospital in 2017.

Steinar is a Long-term competition veterinarian for sleddog races at home and abroad
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Arno Roos

Veterinarian
The Netherlands
I'm a veterinarian since 1997, my main interests are cardiology and oncology. since 2007 I'm atending a Msc Clinicoal Oncology study in Birmingham. My dissertation subject is the serum proteomic profile in canine lymphoma patients.
My other interest is sled dog sport, therefor I'm veterinarian of the FISTC (international sled dog organisation).
My hobbies are squash and (mountain) marathon running,
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Hanna Smedstad

Veterinarian
Sweden
Hanna Smedstad has several years of experience from both the Femundløpet, Finnmarksløpet, Polardistans and Amundsen races in 2017 & 2018.
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Sergio Maffi

Veterinarian
Italy
Sergio Maffi, DVM Born in Palazzolo sull'Oglio (Brescia), he graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the State University of Milan in 1987. Since 2010 he has also been licensed as a Veterinarian in Norway and Sweden. Since 1988 he has been medical director and owner of a veterinary clinic for dogs and cats, mainly interested in sports and work dog medicine (Sleddog, Canicross, Agility, Coursing, Search and rescue), nutrition and general and orthopedic surgery.

Over the past 15 years Sergio has also worked as a Race Veterinarian in numerous other long distance dog sledding competitions in North America Yukon Quest, Race to the sky, Hudson Bay Quest, Norway Finnmarkslopet 1200 km and Femundlopet 600 km and in Sweden AmundsenRace and Beaver-Trap Trail.
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Jerry Vanek

Veterinarian
USA
Dr. Jerry Vanek’s career working with sled dogs has taken him from the southern tip of Chile to the northern reaches of Scandinavia to the southern tip of South Africa; from Boston, Massachusetts, to Nome, Alaska; from North Dakota to the Yukon. He has served as a sled dog veterinarian on over 85 races and expeditions in North and South America, Europe, and Africa since 1992, including 8 Iditarods, 5 Yukon Quests, 12 John Beargreases, 6 UPs, 7 Empires, multiple times on the White Oak Classic, CanAm Crown, Race to the Sky, Apostle Islands, and Great Trail, as well as the Eagle Cap, Grand Portage Passage, Red River, IFSS World and Junior World Championships, South African National Championships, Norway’s Femundløpet, Sweden’s Amundsen Race, and numerous Midwestern sprint snow and dryland races.
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Eike-Jan Koster

Driver / Vet Assistant
The Netherlands
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Veterinärer kommer att se efter hundarnas bästa, från det att hundarna besiktigas dagen innan tävlingsstart till dess att spannen kommer i mål.

Veterinärerna kommer att finnas tillhands för förare och hundar på varje checkpoint där de kan ge professionella råd och vägledning till varje förare. Hundar som tagits ur tävling tillses av veterinär på plats och kan få behandling om det behövs.

När sista spannet har passerat mållinjen utser veterinärerna föraren som de anser tog bäst hand om sina hundar under den 30 mil långa tävlingen. ”Best dog care” priset är ett mycket uppskattat inslag i samband med prisutdelningen och vinnaren av priset åker alltid hem som en enormt stolt förare.


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