Vet Checks
Photo by Paul Cyr

All dogs must be available for physical examinations before the start of the race.

Each dog must be identified by legibly printed names (the dog’s name and the name or initials of the driver) on or attached to the collar.

Unless other arrangements are made with the Chief Veterinarian, all teams will be examined sometime between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4. The examinations will be conducted in the parking lot at the Lonesome Pine Ski Lodge unless otherwise announced.

Ideally, teams should be present for the pre-race examinations according to the schedule here on this page, but teams traveling together will be checked together.

At the pre-race veterinary examination, any dog which, in the opinion of the Chief Veterinarian, should not run the race, shall not run the race. If the Chief Veterinarian believes that a dog has a contagious illness, then the dog must be removed from the area, and the Race Marshall may also reject the entire team for the safety of the other teams. In addition, if the Chief Veterinarian believes that a dog is too vicious to be examined safely, then that dog shall be rejected. Only the Chief Veterinarian, acting in agreement with the Race Marshall, can force the dropping of a dog during the race.

Most race-related veterinary expenses are paid by Can-Am Crown. However, drivers are expected to pay extraordinary veterinary expenses they might incur during the race. Can-Am Crown may, at its discretion, charge a driver for any medical supplies administered to a team before the start of the race. Prize moneys will be awarded minus any unpaid veterinary expenses charged to the driver. Drivers with unpaid Can-Am veterinary bills will not be allowed to register for Can-Am events.

When Can-Am Central closes, soon after the last 250-mile team crosses the finish line, services will no longer be provided by the Can-Am Crown veterinary team. During the running of the 250-mile race, services for 30-mile and 100-mile teams may still be provided if a veterinarian is present at Can-Am Central. The drivers of the 30-mile and 100-mile teams should be prepared to contact one of the local veterinary practices if a Can-Am veterinarian is not available after these two races finish.

After the races, drivers/owners may contact private services, such as Fort Kent Animal Hospital (207-834-5077), North Country Animal Hospital (Caribou: 207-492-4651), Presque Isle Animal Hospital (207-764-6392), or Hopital Veterinaire du Madawaska (St-Jacques, NB: 506-739-7634).