Small Animal Alaskan Mushing CE Experience

Small Animals

Date: Sat 3rd Feb 2024 - Wed 7th Feb 2024
Venue: Mat-Su Resort / Snowhook Adventure Guides of Alaska
Location: near Anchorage, AK
Contact Hours: 20 (RACE approved)
Event Language: English
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
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Alaskan Mushing Attendee USD 2390.00
USD 2590.00
Alaskan Mushing Attendee & Guest USD 3290.00
USD 3590.00
Early Booking Deadline: Wednesday 1st November 2023
Registration Deadline: Friday 1st December 2023

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending events abroad and for all attendees when attending events in the UK.


REGISTRATION OPEN NOW - Spaces still available!


This event will be held near Anchorage, Alaska, 1 hr north of Anchorage International Airport.  Attendees will be provided with the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience with some legendary canine athletes that compete each year in the famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  They will give event attendees a taste of what it is like to race these impressive athletes. 

On Sunday afternoon, the attendees will learn how to handle sled dogs, including harnessing and other preparations, before taking a 1 ½ - 2 hour wilderness ride to become familiar with the experience of travelling by dogsled.  This will be the preamble for a longer half-day sled dog trip either on Monday or Tuesday afternoon, during which the attendees will be able to drive their own sled and team of dogs through the Alaska wilderness.  Nothing compares to the experience of leaving civilization behind and traveling through the snow-covered Alaskan countryside on a sled pulled by some of the most elite athletes in the world – the racing Alaskan sled dog. 

Alternative optional outdoor activities, such as ice fishing, flightseeing around Denali, guided glacier hiking/climbing tours, backcountry snowmobile or bike adventures etc. will be on offer for all attendees on their free afternoon (Mon or Tue, depending on group assignment, attendees to make their own arrangements; not incl. in the attendance fee) and especially on the last day from 10am onwards.

Regardless of whether you choose to mush, fly, climb, or hike, you will see parts of Alaska that very few ever get to see!



  • Dr. Elke Rudloff  DVM, Dipl.ACVECC – BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospital, Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • Dr. Silke Hecht  Dr. med. vet., Dipl.ACVR, Dipl.ECVDIUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA



The program will consist of interactive Lectures & Case-Discussions focussing on Emergency Medicine & Related Diagnostic Imaging (Ultrasound & Radiography) covering the following organ systems & clinical syndromes (see 'Program Tab'):


  • Urinary Tract Imaging – Lecture & Case-Discussions
  • Urinary Tract Emergencies – Case-Discussions             


  • Respiratory Tract Imaging – Lecture & Case-Discussions    
  • Cardiorespiratory Tract Emergencies – Case-Discussions 


  • Gastrointestinal Tract Imaging – Lecture & Case-Discussions
  • Gastrointestinal Tract Emergencies – Case-Discussions


  • Imaging of the Shock Patient – Lecture & Case-Discussions
  • Shock Emergencies – Case-Discussions


  • Imaging of the Spine – Lecture & Case-Discussions
  • Neurolocalization & Seizure Control


This event fee includes two wilderness sled dog rides (1½-2hrs & 4hrs), a wine & cheese reception, a course dinner, refreshments, lunches on each day, extensive lecture notes and a RACE-approved certificate of attendance.  The event fee does not include flights, travel to and from the event location, accommodation and any of the outdoor activities on the free afternoon on Day 3 or 4 (depending on group) nor on Day 5 (10am – 4pm).  All alternative outdoor activities on the free afternoon and on Day 5 need to be booked directly with each provider listed under the ‘Travel Information’ tab.


Available Activities
Northern Lights Tour Image

The Aurora Borealis is a signature part of winter travel to Alaska. These captivating lights of green, red, white and more flow across the dark winter sky and will be a memory that lasts a lifetime. Journey with us to the backcountry of Alaska to where these lights live. Our tour departs from Snowhook Adventure Guides of Alaska in Willow. Once you are outfitted in warm winter gear we will travel by Snowcat along the Iditarod Trail to the best viewing places for the Aurora. Our route will take us through forests and over frozen lakes to wide open vistas of Denali and the Talkeetna range. Seeing the backcountry of Alaska away from the roads and in the still of the night will only be the start of an adventure of a lifetime

$635 per person - For more information and to book click HERE

Talkeetna Denali Flightseeing Image

This winter tour explores the Southside of the Alaska Range. Your pilot will be your guide and customize your tour based on weather conditions for the day. Enter into the heart of the Alaska Range to explore endless glaciers, massive mountains and the majesty of Denali itself.
Minimum 2 people, up to 10. 1 hour flight time

From $230 per person - For more information and to book click HERE

Backcountry Snowmobile Adventure
with Snowhook Adventure Guides

Explore Alaska like the locals on one of our Alaska Snowmobile Tours – Epic Snow Machine Riding in Alaska’s Wild back country. Enjoy the twists and turns of winter trails on our signature snow mobile tour. There are plenty of opportunities to see wildlife and views of Denali as we are out on the trail so don’t forget to bring a camera!
3 hour tour

From $200 per person - For more information and to book click HERE

Matanuska Winter Glacier Tours
Glacier Hike

The Matanuska Glacier is one of Alaska’s premier destinations. At 27 miles long and 4 miles wide, it is Alaska’s largest glacier accessible by road. Marvel at ice that formed thousands of years ago high in the Chugach Mountains. It also boasts one of the most accessible areas to walk on of any glaciers in Alaska. Each day is unique due to the dynamic nature of the glacier.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list opportunity to explore glacial ice!
3 hour tour. Gear will be provided. Pick up from Happy Trails Kennels will be arranged.

From $125 per person - For more information and to book click HERE

Alaska Bike Adventures Image

Anchorage’s trail network multiplies during the winter months and makes it the best place for winter fatbiking. Go out on one of our winter fatbiking trips and see how these 4 to 5 inch tires are superior for the winter conditions!
Full Day Bike Ride. Snacks, lunch & gear will be provided.

$200 per person




Additional Terms & Conditions:

  1. VetPD Ltd, accepts liability for the event program only (lectures, refreshments and wine & cheese reception).
  2. Liability for travel, accommodation, lunches, course dinner, sled dog rides and alternative outdoor activities rest with the respective service providers. Cancellation of these components of the event is subject to the Terms & Conditions of each service provider (see here for further details).
  3. Attendees are expected to take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance in the event of unforeseen circumstances leading to attendees falling ill, suffering an accident or having to cancel their trip.
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    Elke Rudloff
    DVM, Dipl.ACVECC

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
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    Dr. Rudloff is a 1991 graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her residency training at the Animal Emergency Center and achieved board certification in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 1995.  She has supervised/mentored 28 ACVECC Diplomates and is currently a clinical supervisor at the Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Glendale, Wisconsin.

    She has served as the IVECCS Program Director from 1998-2009, and from 2013 until now.  She is the 2008 recipient of the Ira Zaslow Award for distinguished service in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care and is an internationally recognized educator in the field of veterinary emergency and critical care. 

    She routinely incorporates her medical acupuncture skills into her everyday practice to enhance the well-being and pain management of critically ill and injured patients. Her special interests include fluid resuscitation, emergency surgery, and trauma management, topics on which she has published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

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    Silke Hecht
    Dr. med. vet., Dipl.ACVR, Dipl.ECVDI

    United States

    American & European Specialist in Veterinary Radiology
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    Dr. Hecht is a graduate of Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, where she also completed an internship, obtained her DMV, and served as a clinical instructor. She completed a residency in diagnostic imaging at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Dr. Hecht is the editor and coauthor of a German textbook on veterinary radiology and has contributed more than 80 peer-reviewed publications. She is currently a professor of radiology at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Event Program



1850 East Bogard Road
Wasilla, Alaska 99654


Mat-Su Resort

1850 East Bogard Road

Wasilla, Alaska 99654


Snowhook Adventure Guides of Alaska

23880 Long Lake Road

Willow, AK 99688



From Anchorage:

Please head the following advice on driving in Alaska:

  • Make sure everything on your car is working and in good shape, including good tires, wiper blades, and lights.  Make sure you have an ice scraper for the windshield and windows, and maybe also some paper towels or napkins to clean grime and ice off your headlights if they seem to be getting dim.  In January, you will only have a few hours of bright daylight so headlights are a real necessity.
  • Very few rental cars will be equipped with winter tires because the cars mostly get used during the summer tourist season.  Don’t try to keep up with the locals driving metal studded winter tires – just because they can drive safely at a certain speed (or think they can) doesn’t mean your rental car can too.  Make your own decisions regarding your speed on a particular surface and let them go around you if they want to go faster.
  • Know the road conditions before you leave.  Alaska maintains a very informative, very useful website ( with all of the road conditions posted daily.  In many cases, these conditions are updated several times a day as the highway department trucks travel down the roads.  If the report on the section of road of interest is more than a day old, it usually means the highway department hasn’t been able to get down it.  So you probably shouldn’t try.
  • Road conditions can change rather abruptly – one moment the road is dry because it has been in the sun for a few hours, the next moment it is wet ice because it is in the shade.  Take your time and enjoy the scenery.
  • Watch out for wildlife, particularly moose.  In areas of deep snow, moose will get frustrated at having so much difficulty moving around, so they go looking for someplace with less snow – like that nicely plowed 2 lane highway.  And they won’t leave just because there is a very large vehicle bearing down on them at a high rate of speed.  If you see moose anywhere (on the road or just alongside it), slow down.  They are extremely stupid animals and will quite willingly walk right into your path just because….well, who knows why moose do what they do.
  • Don’t let your gas tank drop below half-full.  Gas stations can be few and far between, and may or may not be open in the more remote areas.  Besides, you needed to stop for some coffee and stretch your legs.



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1850 East Bogard Road

Wasilla, AK 99654

Phone: 907-357-5000


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“A once-in-a-lifetime experience combining continuing education with adventure - very professional and flexible organisers.”

Tore Malmei, Veterinærene Nyland & Malmei, Norway

“Very well-organized event with superb wetlabs supervised by highly-dedicated speakers. Great spouse program!”

Päivi Nussbaumer, Clinique du Vieux Château, Swizterland

“Well organised, small initmate course with great academic content.”

Angela Rogers, Blue Hills Veterinary Hospital, South Africa

“Super meeting with vets all over the world, real holiday atmosphere, a congress I would book again anytime, Super staff and service of your team and Mongena, we really enjoyed it and still do.”

Michael Saxer

“Very good quality conference with amazing outside activities, great accommodation & food which made it a very enjoyable week. It is easy to very nice to meet the other attendees.”

Mailys Giradoux