Dr. Julie Kittams, veterinarian, examines one of Martin Buser’s dogs at the Shageluk checkpoint. Each dog is is looked at by voluntary vet at every checkpoint and the vet may determine if the dog is sick, injured or otherwise unable to continue the race, and the musher may choose to drop the dog. Dropped dogs are attended to by vets and other volunteers at each checkpoint and eventually flown back to Anchorage by the Iditarod Air Force bush pilots. Other than Iditarod officials, the entire race is mainly run by volunteers.

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