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In Nikolai, a Healthy Dose of Medicine, Before the Race

photo by Ben Matheson; audio by Laureli Kinneen; text by David Dodman

Martin Buser's dogs

A few of veteran musher Martin Buser's dogs at Saturday's ceremonial start.

The 41 volunteer veterinarians of the Iditarod fulfill a crucial role: making sure the dogs of The Last Great Race are healthy and fit for the trail.

In Nikolai this Sunday, long before a single sled dog or musher arrived, one volunteer vet was keeping especially busy, ensuring the health of the village’s dog population.

KNOM trail reporter Laureli Kinneen has the story:

(For another interview from an Iditarod race vet, see yesterday’s post with head veterinarian Stuart Nelson.)