Emily Iacobucci is one of the amazing members of the Yukon Quest team of veterinarians, having just joined here in Dawson City. Emily resides in Kodiak, Alaska, where she is a practicing veterinarian at the only vet clinic there. She studied in Washington State but had already spent a goodly amount of time in Alaska before making Kodiak home two years ago.
Emily was drawn to Alaska after she did an internship in Denali upon graduating from vet school. “It’s just the most beautiful place ever,” she said. Her interest in the Yukon Quest began when she got to mush the freestyle sled dogs in Denali National Park for two winters. “It’s a really exciting way to experience the north.” She’d heard of the Quest, naturally, through meeting mushers, and between her knowledge of the Quest and the Iditarod, she liked the idea of being involved with the Yukon Quest. “It's earlier in the winter, longer distances between checkpoints and not as publicized as the Iditarod,” she said.
Emily also has a professional connection with YQ2020 head veterinarian, Dr. Nina Hansen also from Alaska, through a canine infectious disease case that they were both involved with. And Nina was in need of Alaskan State licensed veterinarians for the Quest; Emily was available.
“I’m very lucky to work in a place where my co-workers, and the other doctor were supportive of the idea and we made it happen,” she said. This is Emily’s first time visiting the Yukon, and she’s very happy to be here and part of a sport for which she has a passion.