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IFSS Certified Canine Doping Control Officer Training Seminar

4/10/13 | Sally Bair | sbair@tds.net

IFSS Certified Canine Doping Control Officer Training Seminar

Sally O’Sullivan Bair will be offering a two-day training seminar as part of the IFSS (International Federation of Sleddog Sports) certification requirements to become a canine Doping Control Assistant (DCA) or Doping Control Officer (DCO). The course will be offered in the USA in conjunction with the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and held on the University’s St. Paul Campus, Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, in the Ben Pomeroy Student/Alumni Learning Center, Room 215, 1964 Fitch Avenue, St. Paul, MN, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm both days.

Included in the seminar will be a two-hour presentation “Sled dogs and their Veterinarians,” which will introduce dog mushing, the duties of a sled dog race veterinarian, and the common injuries and diseases of racing sled dogs to those participants newer to the sport. This short presentation will be given by Jerry Vanek, DVM, CCRT.

The seminar is open to any interested person. One need not be a veterinarian, student, pharmacist, or engaged in a medical profession to attend or to become a DCA or DCO. Anyone wishing to participate in this weekend seminar is asked to apply by email to Sally Bair at sbair@tds.net. There will be a charge of $30.00 for each participant to cover supplies.

A participant does not need to pursue the entire certification process but may simply wish to gain the information. The full certification program requires attendance at the seminar, passing a written test, and being observed performing the doping control procedures at an actual sled dog race.

Currently, there are no races in North America that follow IFSS canine doping control procedures. Therefore, completing the observation phase of the certification program will be difficult until more races in North America adopt these standards. However, those changes are inevitable for participation on the world stage, and they will be coming. Thus, officials are actively negotiating an arrangement whereby the observation phase can be offered in North America in the near future. Until this occurs, interested participants are encouraged to seek the observation phase in Europe, as there are several races overseas which do perform canine doping controls and follow IFSS canine doping control procedures. For this seminar, participants will need to inform Ms. Bair if they wish to pursue full certification when they apply to attend the seminar.

Ms. Bair is an IFSS-certified Canine Doping Control Officer and past Secretary General of the IFSS. Please contact Ms. Bair at sbair@tds.net  to register or to learn more about the training seminar and the DCP (Doping Control Personnel) program and procedures.


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