03 January 2020 10:47
Everyone can now rest easy knowing their Christmas presents will arrive on schedule after Santa's personal vet approved his team of trusty reindeer for travel this holiday season. According to a veterinarian publication, Dr. John Howe, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), took a visit to the North Pole earlier in December where he gave up-to-date vaccinations and wrote certifications of approval for Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and the rest of the gang to travel across state and national borders. The medical exam consists of a general health checkup at least a month ahead of the Christmas Eve flight, according to a press release by the AVMA. The annual checkup is mandatory in making sure the reindeer "aren't harboring any diseases they could then potentially spread to animals in other parts of the world," said Howe. "At the same time, making sure they're healthy also means they're less likely to catch any diseases themselves on that long global flight." Santa is also required to bring an official "North Pole Certificate of Animal Export," which the AVMA says allows him to ensure health officials around the world that his reindeer pose no threat to public health.
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The smiles and excitement in your little ones faces will be priceless. "Not everyone knows what takes place behind the scenes to allow Santa and his nine reindeer to take flight on Christmas Eve," Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding told WHP. NORTH POLE - Christmas seems to be on schedule this year after Santa's reindeer passed their health inspection ahead of their holiday flight around the world. Veterinary Practice News reported Dec. 12 that John Howe, the president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Kris Kringle's personal animal caregiver, conducted a preflight check on Saint Nicholas' nine antlered companions - Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. "After a full examination and review of their medical records, I'm pleased to say Santa's reindeer are healthy, in great shape, and ready to fly on Christmas Eve," Howe said.
This annual check-up included an update of the animals' vaccinations and a health check to ensure that the reindeer did not show any signs of any potentially threatening diseases, such as brucellosis, tuberculosis or chronic wasting disease. According to VPN, Father Christmas was not available for comment. However, he released the following statement. "Without my reindeer, there simply would be no Christmas," Claus said. "Proper veterinary care ensures that, year in and year out, my team and I are able to deliver presents to boys and girls around the world. Dr. Howe is definitely on the 'nice list' again this year." Santa Claus will officially start his annual trek across the world will begin 12 p.m. Arizona Time on Dec. 23.