Showing posts with label Animals veterinarians. Show all posts
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Friday, June 25, 2010

Dr. Douglas Chilcoat, 71, formerly of Westminster, dies in Alaska

Dr. Douglas Chilcoat, 71, formerly of Westminster, dies in Alaska

Longtime veterinarian had one of area's first 24/7 care centers

By Kevin Dayhoff, Posted 6/24/10 (686 words)

(Enlarge) 2009 photo of Dr. Douglas Chilcoat with a sled dog resting in his lap during the 2009 Iditarod Trail in Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Schultz/

A photo of Chilcoat with a sled dog resting his head in his lap may be found on the “Alaska Stock Images website here: “Veterinarian Douglas Chilcoat from Talkeetna examines a David Sawatzky dog at Takotna during Iditarod 2009.”

Another photo of Chilcoat during the Iditarod may be found here: “Veterinarian Douglas Chilcoat checks one of Wayne Curtis Siberian Huskies in Koyuk on Friday during Iditarod 2008.”


Dr. Douglas Chilcoat, 71, a longtime veterinarian in the Westminster area, died unexpectedly June 17, 2010, at his home in Talkeetna, Alaska.

Chilcoat began practicing veterinary medicine in the early 1970s in Westminster. For more than 30 years, he maintained a practice at the Westminster Veterinary Hospital at the intersection of New Windsor Road and West Main Street.

Chilcoat was one the first area vets to maintain a 24-hour emergency animal care service. A Baltimore Sun article from May 31, 1994, noted, “Starting tomorrow, pet owners won't have to worry about waking their regular veterinarian to rush to the office when an animal companion becomes seriously ill or is injured during the night….

Several years ago, Chilcoat relocated and started a new veterinary practice in Talkeetna, a small town of about 778 residents in the Upper Susitna Valley, where the Susitna, Chulitna and Talkeetna Rivers come together, two-and-half hours north of Anchorage, Alaska. Mt. McKinley is nearby and the area is well known for salmon fishing and spectacular scenery.

“Cicely,” the fictional town from the television series “Northern Exposure” was “based on Talkeetna, a town on the rail line between Anchorage and Denali National Park, with plenty of its own quirks…,” according to a Sept. 30, 2007, article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

News of his death spread through the Carroll County community earlier in the week primarily by word of mouth. An article published by KTNA, a community radio station in Talkeetna, on June 17, included, “Dr Chilcoat was a practicing veterinarian in Talkeetna, and also served as a volunteer veterinarian in the Iditarod Trail sled dog race. He was well known by dog and other pet owners in the Upper Susitna Valley.”

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