Healthy reindeer cleared for takeoff

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Santa stands with his reindeer

As the official veterinarian of the North Pole, AVMA President Dr. Lori Teller has given Santa’s reindeer the green light to fly! You can take a peek at her veterinary inspection of the herd, resulting in the reindeer team getting the green light for international travel. With their certificate of veterinary inspection in hand (and after checking it twice), these cervids are certified healthy for their holiday mission.

Spread the word in your clinic

The annual examination of Santa’s reindeer can not only spread cheer but also help promote the important work of veterinarians. Veterinary inspections are needed for animals traveling across state or national borders, to ensure they don’t spread infectious diseases or parasites to other animals or people. You can share the official “North Pole Certificate of Animal Export” that allows Santa to freely cross borders and ensure health officials that his reindeer pose no threat to animal or public health. It’s a discussion that shows just one of the many ways veterinarians make the world healthier and safer for all species.

So, shout it from the rooftops (or inside your clinic)—all nine reindeer are up to date on vaccinations, free of disease, and fit for sky travel!

More winter tools

With the AVMA president serving as the official veterinarian of the North Pole, all AVMA members can be part of Santa’s emergency veterinary team—if needed on Christmas Eve. Let your clients know you’re part of Santa's Emergency Landing and Veterinary Expert System (E.L.V.E.S.) support team by downloading a festive digital badge.

Plus, share AVMA winter weather and holiday safety resources to help keep animals safe and sound this season. Find all this information and additional Santa resources to share with clients at

Happy holidays!



This is the best Christmas video you've made. I'm sure many kids will be happy to hear the good news.

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