|Susan moved to Unalaska, Alaska in 1977 to teach high school science. After leaving her teaching job Susan had a brief career as a police officer for the Unalaska Public Safety Department. |
She moved to Trapper Creek in 1983 to help Vern train for his first Iditarod. Her interest in sled dogs lead her to obtain a degree in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 1992.
After several years working as a general practice veterinarian she began to pursue continuing education to improve her skills with canine athletes.
In 1998 she completed the animal chiropractic course offered by the A.V.C.A. In 2001 she completed the animal acupuncture course offered by I.V.A.S. Susan has taken animal osteopathy and animal physical therapy courses.
She is also an accomplished musher completing the 1987 Yukon Quest and receiving the Challenge of the North Award as a rookie.
Susan also completed the 1995 and 1996 with the Junior Varsity team from the kennel. She is continuing to improve her knowledge of the racing sled dog and is currently taking advanced courses in animal acupuncture from the Chi Institute.
She is a great role model for young and old alike.
Susan belongs to the following Professional Associations:
- American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS)
- American Canine Sports Medicine Association (ACSMA)
- Providing Responsible Information on Dogs Environment (PRIDE)