2023 Veterinary Team

GustafsonLEAD VETERINARIAN – Tom Gustafson, DVM, CVSMT
Tom began working as a sled dog race trail vet in 1994. Since then, he has worked at various sled dog races in the Midwest including the UP200 and Midnight Run, Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, Copper Dog 150, The Iron Line Sled Dog Race, Seney 300, John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, Great Trails Sled Dog Race, and the G-M Classic. Tom is the co-owner of the Thompson Veterinary Clinic in Manistique, MI where he is a mixed-animal practitioner. He is Certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy and is an instructor at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center. He shares his home with beloved wife, 4 children, and animals too numerous to list. Tom looks forward to working with the canine athletes that will be competing in the UP200 and Midnight Run.


 Jean Wilcox, DVM Jean is a ’94 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She has a practice in Gwinn, MI. She has been involved in the UP sled dog races as a vet since 1995 and is excited to be involved again this year…she really likes the green parka!
Jean tries to follow Dr. Tom around to various races like the Tahquamenon, Beargrease, UP200 and the Copper Dog. Her interests beyond vet work include biking, beading, horses, bird hunting with her spectacular dogs and wilderness trips to canoe and camp with her husband, Burt, and appropriate critters when allowed.