The IPSSSDR Veterinary Team Members were individually selected for their experience, knowledge and devotion to our sport. They are members of the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association, a group dedicated to the promotion, care and research of racing sled dogs.Several Veterinarians hold multiple "Golden Stethoscope " Awards. The Iditirod Official Finishers award the Golden Stethoscope to the trail veterinarian whom they feel has gone above and beyond the call of duty. The IPSSSDR vet team has been extensively involved in many research projects devoted to the care of racing sled dogs and other working breeds.
Caroline Griffitts, DVM (Chief Veterinarian)
Caroline Griffitts, DVM, DACVSMR
Dr. Griffitts received her veterinary degree from Cornell University in 1988, and then
completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Michigan
State University. After several years working as an associate in mixed
practice and working as a relief veterinarian for emergency clinics, she has
owned a mobile house call practice based out of Loveland, Colorado since
1997. This gives her more flexibility to allow time for other interests such
as traveling and sled dogs (combining these interests whenever possible). She is
board certified in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Caroline has been a trail veterinarian on many races, including the Iditarod, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, the IPSSSDR, local sprint races in Colorado, the Yukon Quest, and the IFSS dryland world championships. She has been involved with the IPSSSDR since its inception.
For many years she has been involved with the North Hope sled dog kennel and
race in Russia, giving dog care seminars, advising on kennel management, and
serving as the chief veterinarian for the winter race since 2009, and the
dryland race since 2013. She also has served as the chief veterinarian for
the Kalevala Sled Dog Race in Karelia, Russia. She also currently serves on the Anti-Doping Committee for the International Federation of Sled Dog Sports.
Dr. Griffitts is currently President of the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association. The only three-time recipient of the Golden Stethoscope
award, she received it in the 1999 Iditarod, 2000 Iditarod, and 2010 Iditarod.
Lanier (Lannie) Hamilton
Lanier (Lannie) Hamilton finished veterinary school at Washington State University in 1991. She worked as an associate and subsequently owned a practice for her first four years of life as a vet in Lander, Wyo. The world called, however, and she eventually sold her practice and adopted a career as a relief vet to expand her horizons and see other parts of the country. She did a fellowship at Oregon State University in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery in 1998-1999. Currently she splits her time between Wyoming and Alaska. Pursuing her interest in athletic animals, she accompanied 11 dog teams by snow machine across Alaska on the 2000 Serum Run. In 2001 and 2002 she worked as an Iditarod veterinarian and helped out on the Denali 300 Sled Dog Race in 2002. She is excited to help with the IPSSSDR, covering parts of her home turf, combining her love of the outdoors and animal athletes.
Monica Pacheco, DVM, graduated from the Madrid Complutense University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and since that practices small animal medicine in her own clinic in Madrid, Spain. She loves winter time, sled dogs and outdoor sports.
She has been a member of the Pirena sled dog race veterinary team since 2005,a stage stop race between Spain, Andorra and France, that crossed all the Pyrenees. She has been a trail veterinarian on the Yukon Quest and Finnmarksløpet several times, as well.
Dr.Pacheco has been Vet Chief in 2013 and 2014 of Spanish National Championship, both Dryland and on snow.
Nowadays Dr. Pacheco is one of ISDVMA Board Members and collaborates with Dr. Caroline Grifffits on the IFSS Anti-Doping Committee.