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Being AVMA President certainly has its perks, including the title of Santa's Official Veterinarian. In addition to providing regular preventive care to Santa's reindeer, this means examining Rudolph and each of the others in preparation for their special flight around the world.
Just like you and your pets, Santa's reindeer need to be examined and issued health certificates in order to travel between U.S. states or across national borders. Thankfully, they've never had a problem being certified for flight, due in good measure to the regular examinations and preventive veterinary care they receive from AVMA's president to keep them healthy.
AVMA's current president, Dr. Tom Meyer, examined the reindeer shortly before their 2016 Christmas flight and gave them full "RTF" ("Ready To Fly!") status, so IT'S ON!
Be sure to keep your own pets safe during the holiday season, by following our holiday pet safety advice and avoiding these holiday pet DON'Ts.
‘Twas a month before Christmas, and at the North PoleThe AVMA president was about to play a most critical role.
For without healthy reindeer to pull Santa’s sleighThere’d be no presents waiting to be opened Christmas Day.
So snapping on boots, and donning a capOur president traveled north to a spot not found on the map
Where elves tend to reindeer in fields at play,Brushing their fur and delivering hay.
But as Christmas approaches and travel draws nearSomeone must come to examine the deer
And ensure that they’re healthy enough for their flight,Pulling nonstop with all of their might.
And as president of the AVMA,This veterinarian has been given final medical say
To examine their fur, looking for mitesOr other critters that can cause painful bites.
With stethoscope listening for their hearts beating strong,Or signs of arrhythmia, or anything wrong.
While flying is easy for deer’s legs and hooves,It’s stressful to take off and land on so many roofs.
Hooves should be clean and free of debrisThat may cause the deer to fly tenderly.
While we want to help Santa spread presents and cheer,We don’t want disease hitching a ride on the deer.
Tests will confirm there’s no brucellosisOr chronic wasting disease, or tuberculosis.
Countries across the world need proof That the deer won’t leave deadly bugs on the roof.
So Santa’s veterinarian fills out all the paperwork neededTo ensure the deer can cross borders unimpeded.
With certificates signed, the doctor tells St. NickThat none of his deer are injured or sick.
From the veterinarians who work day and night,Merry Christmas to all, and to all a safe flight.
2017 American Veterinary Medical Association