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Rock Hill vet returns to Iditarod to volunteer for famed Alaska dog race

March 2, 2014 

Roger Troutman


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Dr. Roger Troutman is back again in Alaska, caring for the dogs in the 1,000-mile 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

The race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska started Saturday.

Troutman is one of 45 volunteer veterinarians who will move along the trail to Nome.

To be selected, veterinarians had to have at least five years of clinical experience and be prepared to work long hours in arctic conditions. Since there is no road access, volunteers travel by small airplane to the checkpoints. Accommodations vary from wilderness wall tents to small community buildings in native villages.

Troutman is among the 80 percent of the vets who have previously volunteered for the race. He has volunteered every year but one since 2001.

To be eligible to enter the Iditarod, each canine must pass a physical exam and undergo comprehensive screening, including electrocardiography (ECGs) and blood tests (CBCs /Chemistry Panels). In addition, all are permanently identified by a microchip implant.

More than 10,000 routine veterinary examinations are performed along the race course. Heart rate and rhythm, hydration, appetite, attitude, body weight, lungs and feet are typically evaluated. Each musher carries a dog team diary which is presented to a veterinarian at every checkpoint. These serve to document the physical exams.

For information on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race go to or follow the Anchorage Daily News coverage at

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Models from York County are: Dan Dyszelski, York; Brittany Hilton and Robin Scott, Lake Wylie; Catherine Lindgren, Fort Mill; and Jeffrey C. Lyon and Deborah J. White of Rock Hill.

For information go to or call 704-553-5378.

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