Dominique Grandjean, DVMMUSH with PRIDE ~ Dominique Grandjean
...The 1998 Mush with PRIDE Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Dominique Grandjean, Professor at the College of Veterinary Science, Alfort, France.Grandjean has been a world ambassador for sled dog sports and sled dog veterinary medicine for almost 20 years.He is chair of the Animal Welfare Committee for the International Federation of Sleddog Sports and an active member of the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association.He is also the vice president of the French Sleddog Sports Federation and was a founding member in 1985 when sled dog sports in France were opened to non-purebred dogs. Grandjean
has worked hard to help develop the international mushing scene and to ensure that all competing canine athletes receive the best veterinary care.He
has developed international policy on sled dog drug use and drug tests.More importantly, Grandjean
has been instrumental in developing the role of race veterinarians as helpers and supporters of racing mushers, not simply enforcers of drug rules.In Europe he
has developed veterinary teams that attend races to assist competitors with any dog illnesses or injuries.Grandjean has been chief veterinarian for eight Alpirods; two stage races in Argentina; the Olympic-venue races in Lillehammer, Norway; a new Scandinavian stage race "Scandream"; more than ten European Sled Dog Racing Association Championships; and most IFSS World Championships since 1990.He
has also been a trail vet for eleven Iditarods.
The author of three books on sled dog nutrition and care and many chapters in other books, Grandjean
has focused his
research on topics such as basic biochemical data on sled dogs, stress-related problems (stress diarrhea, oxidative stress and vitamin E), joint problems (he used wrist wraps in the Iditarod as early as 1985, well before they became standard), a variety of products to improve the treatment of soreness and diarrhea in racing dogs (Algyval, a peanut oil extract that reduces inflammation; Smectivet, a fine clay for diarrhea; L-carnitine to enhance fat metabolism).He
received the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association's
1997 Tom Cooley Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to sled dog medical research.Grandjean
has also worked toward getting the dog quarantine lifted in Scandinavia so that dogs from around the world may compete without unnecessary restrictions.He
has been instrumental in developing microchipping as a way to mark and identify sled dogs during competitive events.In addition to his interest in sled dog sports, Grandjean is an officer in the Paris Fire Department and has a search and rescue dog military unit.
The Lifetime Acheivement Award was presented to Grandjean
during September's International Sleddog Symposium in Fairbanks, Alaska.More than 250 people were present when he
received the award, commemorated by a framed mushing poster signed by five recent Iditarod champions.