The Can-Am Crown Veterinary Staff for 2018

Nick Pesut, VMD Nick
  Dr. Nick Pesut graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. He has practiced at the Presque Isle Animal Hospital in Presque Isle, Maine since 1984, and he and his wife Andrea have owned the practice since 1991. Nick has worked at every Can-Am Crown as a trail vet, and this will be his fourteenth year as chief veterinarian. He has also worked the Eagle Lake 100 since its inception. Nick's greatest enjoyment at these sled dog races has been meeting and working with some wonderful people from the volunteers to the mushers and the veterinary staff. Nick is a member of the AVMA, and MVMA. Veterinary medicine has been a great profession for Nick, and the Can-Am Crown races have been among his most enjoyable veterinary experiences.
Cindy Fuhs, DVM Cindy
  Dr. Cindy Fuhs graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, and has owned and run Still River Veterinary Services since that time. Cindy sees her equine, bovine, small ruminant and camelid patients on an ambulatory basis, and also provides wellness services to her clients with dogs and cats on the farm. Cindy began volunteering for the Can-Am Crown races in 2002 and 2003 while still a veterinary student, and has since served as a Can-Am Trail Veterinarian for many years. Cindy has a keen interest in endurance sports and in Alaskan Malamutes, is an avid sailor and loves just about anything that involves being outside. What she finds most enjoyable about the Can-Am are the people associated with this special event and the incredible athleticism of the dogs. Cindy is a member of the AVMA, AAEP, AASRP, the ISDVMA, and is also currently serving as Secretary for the MVMA. She resides year-round in Bolton, MA with her family (both two- and four-footed).
Laura McConnell, DVM Laura
  Dr. Laura McConnell graduated from Texas A&M University with her DVM degree in 2002. She practiced in Texas for several years, then moved to Maine, where she has volunteered as a trail veterinarian. She currently works at Stoneledge Animal Hospital in Southern Maine and spends her free time hiking, snowboarding, and training/playing with her own dogs, who compete in agility and dock jumping. She also works for the Maine Greyhound Placement Service in Augusta, Maine. She has volunteered as a trail veterinarian for the Can-Am for several years, beginning in 2008. She can't wait to come back for her seventh year! Dr. McConnell is a member of the AVMA, MeVMA, and ISDVMA. She looks forward to getting a chance to practice her French at the Can-Am.
Jennifer Mirecki, DVM Jennifer
  Dr. Jennifer Mirecki grew up in southern Maine and promptly came back to Maine after spending 4 years in the Midwest earning her veterinary degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Dr. Mirecki has worked in both mixed animal general practice and emergency practice in central and coastal Maine. She attended her first CanAm race in 2017 as part of the veterinary team and became fascinated with the world of sled dog racing. She plans to continue serving on the veterinary team annually. Dr. Mirecki is a member of the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association (ISDVMA), Maine Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), and the American Veterinary Association (AVMA).
The huge dog in the photo is a 170 pound English Mastiff.
Sheila Morrissey, DVM Sheila
  "A New Englander, I transplanted to Minnesota (my second "home") after high school and attended the University of Minnesota, receiving my DVM degree in 1983. In vet school I adopted my first Siberian (having grown up with an Alaskan Malamute) and thus began my love affair with the breed and my introduction into dog sledding and canine sports in general. I dog sled with our dogs as recreation, and when the snow's not flying we also backpack with them as well as show in obedience and conformation. I have a small animal practice in Greenfield, MA and share my home with my husband and two sons as well as our dogs and cats. Our Siberians (home bred under the Northern Lights name) have won numerous awards in obedience and rally over the years. I am a member of the American Canine Sport Medicine Assoc., the ISDVMA as well as being the genetics chairman for the Siberian Husky Club of America (SHCA) and also the eastern representative for the SHCA's Working Pack Dog Program. Our family is very outdoor oriented enjoying skiing, kayaking, hiking, biking as well as dogsledding. I "cut my teeth" as a trail vet at the Great Trails Races, was chief vet for the Sandwich Notch Sled Dog Races for several years, and trail vet for the Beargrease once and the Can Am Crown for many years."