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In the News
Canadian Animal Assistance Team's
2009 Northern Clinics
The Chinook Project's Early Start on Veterinary Clinics
IMHO: Why Inuit Dogs?
Tracy performs surgery in background, while Karen monitors
anesthesia- demonstrating veterinary medicine to Kimmirut
resident. photo: Marti Hopson
The Chinook Project's 2009 Northern Clinics
by Marti Hopson, BFA, MMus, DVM
The Chinook Project jumped to an early start in Nunavut this year. The team headed off to Kugluktuk (Coppermine) and then on to Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay). From May 11 to May 22, two veterinarians, Dr. Anne Marie Carey and Dr. Peter Foley, veterinary technician Andrea Chisholm, and four senior veterinary students ran spay-neuter and vaccine clinics
Both Nunavut communities offered tremendous support, with hamlet residents providing the team with accommodation and food, setting up the clinic locations, preparing the appointment schedule and planning events (school visits and radio broadcasts). The Chinook Project once again had great support from Pfizer Animal Health and Iams-Eukanuba, thanks to the companies’ generous donations of funding and supplies. Also, First Air once again offered discounts on the team's airfare as well as on the shipping of clinic supplies. The Chinook Project's main support comes from the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre, which provides the program grant funding for travel and supplies.
New this year, we have had some great public relations opportunities. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) – our version of the United States' National Public Radio – created a blog for us. To see it, go to the CBC North's home page and type "the Chinook Project"in the search box, then check out what they're doing! Two students took on the task of writing updates as they happened. University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) English professor Jane Magrath also presented the project as a lecture at the school's Research Breakfast event, and several articles have appeared in the UPEI Magazine, including February 2009, as well as in the Charlottetown Guardian newspaper.