Santa’s official veterinarian clears reindeer theft


Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen have been cleared for travel by the North Pole vet.

José Arce, DVM, personal animal healer of Santa Claus and president of the American Association of Veterinarians (AVMA), traveled to the North Pole earlier this month to give the reindeer a pre-flight health check, make sure they were up to date with their vaccinations and ensure they have the required certificates allowing them to cross national and national borders.

“After a full review and review of their medical records, I am happy to say that Santa’s reindeer are healthy, in great shape and ready to fly on Christmas Eve,” said Dr Arce.

The annual check-up includes a check-up to make sure the team is not showing any signs of illness, such as brucellosis, tuberculosis, or chronic wasting disease, which could affect their ability to fly or make other animals sick. .

In addition to gifts for children around the world, Santa Claus is required to bring with him a ‘Export certificate of animals to the North Pole‘, which allows him to cross borders freely and guarantees to health authorities that his reindeer pose no threat to animal or public health, reports AVMA.

“It’s important that we make sure that reindeer don’t carry diseases that they could then potentially pass on to animals in other parts of the world,” Arce said. “At the same time, making sure they’re healthy also means they’re less likely to catch diseases themselves on that long flight around the world.”

Santa, who was not available for comment, released a statement, saying the health and well-being of his reindeer is critical to the success of his busiest night of the year.

“Without my reindeer, there just wouldn’t be Christmas,” he said. “Proper veterinary care ensures that year after year my team and I can safely deliver gifts to boys and girls around the world. Dr Arce has definitely earned his place on my “nice list” this year.

“Ho ho ho,” added Santa Claus.

With just over a week to go, Arce is ringing his sleigh bells for volunteers to join the Emergency Landing and Veterinary Expertise System (ELVES), a group whose job it is to ensure the welfare of the nine reindeer.

To join, AVMA members can download a badge to inform their clients that they are part of the Santa Claus ELVES support team. To participate, click here.

To learn more, watch the video below, courtesy of AVMA.

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