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 debris
That 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 brucellosis
Or 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 needed
To ensure the deer can cross borders unimpeded.
With certificates signed, the doctor tells St. Nick
That 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.