Equine Alaskan Mushing CE Experience

Sat, 27 January, 2024 - Wed, 31 January, 2024




Mat-Su Resort / Snowhook Adventure Guides of Alaska

Contact Hours

20 Hours

Early Booking Deadline

Fri, 01 December, 2023

Registration Deadline

Sun, 10 December, 2023




Full Day Mushing Experience - USD 499.00


Diagnostic Imaging


Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy / Physical Therapy

Sports Medicine

Industry Partners


Veterinary Partners


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. Lauren Schnabel  DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR – North Carolina State University, USA
Dr. Kurt Selberg MS, DVM, Dipl.ACVR – Inside Information Radiology & Colorado State University, USA


The program will consist of interactive Lectures & Case-Discussions focussing on Sports Horse Orthopedics & Musculoskeletal Imaging (Ultrasound & Radiography) covering the following topics (see 'Program Tab'):

  • Lameness Locator
  • Ultrasound & X-ray of the Foot/Pastern
  • Standing CT of the Distal Limb
  • Advances in the Diagnosis of Tendon & Ligament Injuries
  • Tarsal Radiography & Suspensory Ligament Ultrasound 
  • Correlation between Stifle Radiology & Ultrasound
  • Cervical Radiography & Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound- & X-Ray-Guided Injections and Procedures
  • Correlation between Blocking Results & Common Injuries of the Distal Limb
  • Non-Biologic Chondroprotective Drugs
  • Therapeutic Use of Biologic Products for Articular Disease
  • Update on Biologic Products for Tendon & Ligament Injuries
  • Rehabilitation & Monitoring of Tendon and Ligament Injuries     
  • How imaging correlates to Prognosis, Rehabilitation & Return to Work
  • Proximal Suspensory Disease:Keys to successful Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Sports Horse Case-Discussions

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.

The event fee does not include flights, travel to and from event location, accommodation, and any of the outdoor activities on the free afternoon (either Mon or Tue) and on the last day of the event, including the all-day wilderness sled dog ride on the last day of the event. All other outdoor activities on the free afternoon and on the last day need to be booked directly with each provider listed under the ‘Travel Information’ tab.


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.

Available Activities

Northern Lights Tour

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

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

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 - For more information and to book click HERE

Kurt Selberg is a North Idaho native; where his family owned a quarter horse ranch. After completing his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University, he completed an equine sports medicine internship at Virginia Equine Imaging in Middleburg, VA. He received his training in diagnostic imaging from Colorado State University and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiologists. Following his residency he completed fellowship in advanced imaging with training from Colorado State University and from Musculoskeletal Radiologists in Fort Collins, CO. He was an Assistant Professor of equine diagnostic imaging at the University of Georgia for 4 years before returning to an equine diagnostic imaging position at Colorado State University in September of 2016. His area of interest is the equine athlete and musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging. Dr. Selberg is a certified member and lecturer at many of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology continuing education events. He is also an FEI treating veterinarian. Most recently, he was the on site imaging consultant for the 2018 World Equestrian Games. Aside from radiology, he also enjoys skiing , jiu jitsu, fishing, spending time with good friends and family, his lovely wife Katie and 2 children, and two yellow dogs.

Lauren is an Associate Professor of Equine Orthopedic Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also an Associate Director of the Comparative Medicine Institute at NCSU. Lauren completed her DVM, Large Animal Surgery Residency, and PhD at Cornell University under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Fortier and Dr. Douglas Antczak. She is board certified in both the American College of Veterinary Surgery and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Lauren’s research focuses on stem cell immunology, use of biologic therapies to treat musculoskeletal injuries and diseases, and advancing equine rehabilitation protocols.

In February of 2019, Lauren was named an NC State University Faculty Scholar.

In April of 2020, Lauren received the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence.

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1850 East Bogard Road

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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 (https://511.alaska.gov/map) 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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Alaskan Mushing Attendee

Lectures Only

USD 2390.00

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USD 3290.00

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