2022 YQ300 & YQ100 Race Veterinarians
Cristina Hansen, DVM, PhD - Head Veterinarian
Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska
Nina received her DVM in 2007 and Ph.D. in 2015. During her Ph.D. she studied infectious diseases, and is particularly interested in wildlife disease, and diseases that can be transmitted from animals to people. This will be her 10th year as Head Vet. She believes that a solid training program, good nutrition, and knowing each dog as an individual are the most important aspects of sled dog care. A memory that exemplifies the excellent dog care during the race occurred at Pelly Crossing years ago. She talked to a musher for half an hour about foot ointments. He was cold, hungry, and hadn’t slept for days. But in that moment, it didn’t matter to him. He wanted to learn as much as he could to make the best decision for his dogs.
Mercedes Pinto, DVM
Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska
Mercedes Pinto grew up and went to school in Colorado, but fell in love with Alaska the summer after vet school, and Fairbanks has been home ever since. Dr. Pinto has practiced small animal and emergency medicine in Fairbanks before transitioning to shelter medicine last year. She was invited to volunteer for the Yukon Quest in 2011, and loved it so much she has volunteered for every long distance dog race she could since then. Dr. Pinto is very excited to be able to volunteer for both the Alaska, and Yukon sides of the Quest this year.
Richard D. Long -Veterinarian
Dr. Long graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1986 and has been involved in the sled dog world ever since. He enjoys sled dog veterinary medicine because of the op[portunities it provided to work with amazing athletes, like-minded veterinarians and friendly mushers in some of the most beautiful places on earth. In his spare time, Dr. Long is busy hiking, biking, climbing, kayaking, snowboarding, skiing and more!
Nancy Louis - Veterinarian
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Born and raised in France 42 yrs ago, Nancy’s passion for animals and for travelling took her from her home country to a French tropical island then to Vancouver Island. Nancy is proud to be a permanent resident of Canada and embraces every opportunity to discover this incredible place and its people. After over 17 years tending to farm animals as much as to beloved pets, Nancy has developed a strong interest in working along with anybody who invests time, care and works in their animals. She hopes to be able to help sports dogs in the near future as she is turning to acupuncture as the next phase of her career.
Wendy Kane - Veterinary Technician
Hometown: Calgary, AB
This is Wendy’s 5th quest and after the 2021 hiatus she is so excited to be back! Wendy is a RVT locum, meaning she does contract work all over Canada, primarily in emergency and specialty medicine.She has been an RVT for 17 years and truly loves her job. Wendy became interested in sled dog medicine after a trip to the Yukon in 2015 and is excited to be part of the 2022 YQ veterinary team. Outside of veterinary medicine she is also a scuba diving instructor, world traveler and avid hiker.