Working Dogs – From Arctic Racing to Bomb Detecting in the Afghan Desert


This week on Addressing Alaskans, professor of veterinary sports medicine at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Michael Davis. Dr. Davis explains in detail what makes dogs such incredible athletes, outperforming other mammals in extremes of altitude and temperature. Davis has taken insights gained working with the sled dogs of Alaskan mushers Allen Moore and Aliy Zirkle, and applied them to his work with the U.S. Marine Corps in developing more effective IED-sniffing dogs for use in Afghanistan.

Dr. Davis has been a licensed veterinarian for over 20 years, and a board certified specialist in veterinary internal medicine since 1999. He earned a PhD in physiology from Johns Hopkins University in 1999, and has been employed as a research physiologist and clinical expert in exercise physiology at Oklahoma State University since 1998.

BROADCAST ON KSKA: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

REPEAT BROADCAST: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. (Alaska time)


  •  Dr. Michael Davis, professor of veterinary sports medicine

RECORDED: March 12, 2014 at the Campbell Creek Science Center

HOST: Campbell Creek Science Center


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