The Iditarod Trail Committee will institute a kennel management program for mushers competing in the race.

The ITC announced Friday that framework for the "Best Care" program, which is still being developed, is aimed at ensuring the kennels of Iditarod competitors meet certain standards.

In a press release, the ITC said those standards will include "breeding, shelter, tethers, cleanliness, nutrition, hydration, vaccinations, socialization, bedding, record-keeping, euthanasia, on-site care and kennel size." An advisory committee was appointed to help decide the criteria of the program, which will include year-round visits and a certification process.

The advisory committee is comprised of Vern Halter, Martin Buser, Dee Dee Jonrowe, Jeff King, Aliy Zirkle, Sebastian Schnuelle, and Karen Ramstead. The ITC says the "Best Care" program is expected to be implemented prior to June 23, 2018.