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Kathleen McGill, MBA, DVM is a 1994 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Vet school was a career change from being vice president of a personnel dept. for a steel company. She has been an ISDVMA member since 1996 and a board member since 2009. Over the years, Dr. McGill has served as a trail veterinarian for the Yukon Quest, Finnmarksløpet, John Beargrease, UP 200, Eagle Cap and Iditarod. She also served as Head Vet for Yukon Quest for 9 years and is currently Head Vet for the International Scandinavian Stage Race in Sweden. During her years as Yukon Quest Head Vet she worked to develop training videos for rookie veterinarians, standardized veterinary supply boxes, fully integrated veterinary students into the Quest medical team, writing a veterinary standard operating procedure handbook, and worked toward standardizing a body condition scoring system for racing sled dogs. Dr. McGill owned two small animal clinics in Central Ohio with an emphasis on medicine and surgery, as well as teaching in a local veterinary technician program covering both large and small animal courses and techniques. After selling the clinics she worked as a relief veterinary throughout the state of Ohio emphasizing surgery. Dr. McGill has owned and mushed Alaskan Malamutes since the 1970’s. Currently, she lives with 2 Siamese sled cats. Besides sled dog medicine, her other passions are traveling and photography. She has also served on the OSU Veterinary Medical College Alumni Society Board and is currently chair of the Yukon Quest Rules Committee. 2016

 

Dr. Rene´ Fleming graduated from Washington State University.

Dr. Fleming is a relief veterinarian working in clinics and treating animals in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

She has lived most of her life in Alaska where she spent winters skijoring and traveling long distances with her sled dog team. The past few years Dr. Fleming has worked as a veterinarian on the Eagle Cap Extreme and as a pre-race vet on the Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race.

She and her husband, Michael, along with two border collies now call Joseph Oregon home where they enjoy exploring the mountains on foot and by motorcycle.

Dr. Randy Greenshields considers himself fortunate to call Wallowa County, Oregon his home for the past 20 years. He is co-owner of the Double Arrow Veterinary Clinic in Enterprise and enjoys the variety that a small-town, mixed-animal veterinary practice provides. Dr. Greenshields and his wife, Jeni, cannot think of a better place to raise their four children, 2 of which are in college at Oregon State University.  He is excited for his daughter, who is currently in her first year of Veterinary School at Oregon State University.  They have a few acres out of town where they enjoy their dog, cats, 4 horses, one mule, several chickens, and an occasional orphaned bison. Dr. Greenshields also enjoys camping with his family as well as hiking, trail running, and bowhunting in the high mountains of the Eagle Cap Wilderness area.

Dr. Greenshields is a 1994 graduate of Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to that, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA where he met his future wife, Jeni, on his first day of school.

2017 is Dr. Greenshields’ 13th year working the Eagle Cap, being a trail veterinarian since its beginning. He also serves on the race’s Board of Directors and is the Eagle Cap Extreme’s President.

Dr. Kimberly McCreedy is an Oregon native and graduate of Iowa State University’s DVM class of 2010. She spent seven weeks of her senior clinical rotations in Alaska working with and learning about sled dogs and racing. After graduation, Kimberly realized that working as a relief veterinarian would allow her to fulfill her career goal working with sled dogs.

Dr. McCreedy lives in the Portland, Oregon area and began practicing as a relief veterinarian in 2014. She has volunteered for five Iditarod Sled Dog Races. In her spare time, Dr. McCreedy enjoys backpacking, snowshoeing, reading, road trips, and friends. The Eagle Cap Wilderness is by far Dr. McCreedy’s favorite place to go backpacking. She is looking forward to visiting in the winter and working with the Eagle Cap Extreme family!

Caleb Schmerge, DVM, is a mixed animal veterinarian living in Pullman, WA. Dr. Schmerge graduated from Washington State University in 2014. He loves spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and hunting with his wife and two dogs. Dr. Schmerge has had a lifelong fascination with sled dogs that was made worse when he adopted his first Siberian Husky, Aspen. On the rare occasion that there is snow in Pullman he will go sledding with his Siberian Husky, Rocky. Long term Dr. Schmerge plans to operate a clinic focusing on sled dogs and continue clinical research related to sled dog harnesses.