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Doug Jacque and Dr. Nicole Breda vaccinating
one of his sled dogs Photo: Andrea Jack
The Chinook Project’s July 2013 Visit to Northern Labrador, Canada
Marti Hopson, DVM, Veterinary Coordinator, Chinook Project
with contribution by Andrea Jack, RVT
The Chinook Project continues to travel annually to remote communities in Canada’s North to provide free veterinary services. This year the team travelled to Makkovik and Postville, two coastal villages in Northern Labrador. As well as seeing approximately 100 animals for vaccines, deworming and spay/neuter surgeries, they also collected (with permission) swabbed samples of the skin surface of the dogs attending the clinic. These samples were tested for MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staph aureus, which is very difficult to treat) to help determine if the canine population is a significant reservoir of this bacteria. We hope to be able to continue to help gather data for a research project that could help both the animal and human populations of these communities.
Andrea Jack, a registered veterinary technician from the Atlantic Veterinary College who helped organize and run the trip this year reflected,
“After returning from an amazing trip to Northern Labrador, I am so grateful for having had this opportunity. We left as nine individuals – some acquaintances, some complete strangers. We returned as a team of nine who made a difference in lives of people and animals in two Northern communities in Labrador.We look forward to planning next year’s trip. One piece of exciting news is that we have secured ongoing financial support from the government of Newfoundland and Labrador who will fund a portion of the Project – therefore we hope to be able to continue on for many years to come.