Meet the 2014 Veterinarian Team
Head Veterinarian: Dr. Kathleen McGill
Hobbies: Photography, travel, collect books, old movies, science fiction
Have you ever driven a dog team? Yes, my team of malamutes when I lived in Colorado.
Do you have any sled dogs at home? 1 malamute - Qimmiq
Do you have any other pets? 2 Siamese sled cats
What motivated you to become a Yukon Quest Veterinarian? Amazed by these canine athletes!
What do you believe is the most important aspect of excellent canine care year round? Consistent feeding program adjusted for increases in exercise. Training goes without saying.
What do you believe is the most important aspect of excellent canine care on the trail? Adjusting to the ever changing trail/weather conditions and the challenges it brings the proper care and feeding of the dogs.
Please outline your previous experience with the Yukon Quest and/or other sled dog races you have volunteered with as a Veterinarian: YQ since 2001; YQ Trail Vet ‘01, ‘02, ‘03, ’08 - YQ Head Vet: ’04, ’05, ’06, ’09, ’10, ’12, '13 – Iditarod, UP200, Grand Portage, John Beargrease, Finnmarksløpet.
What is your favorite memory from a previous Yukon Quest or other sled dog race? Standing in the Dawson Dog Camp watching the Northern Lights.
What are you most looking forward to at the 2014 Yukon Quest? A safe race for dogs and mushers.
What is the most important item you will bring with you along the trail? My toothbrush and ability to sleep anywhere.