AVMA Vet Clears Santa’s Reindeer For Flight

The president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, or AVMA, announced recently he has examined Santa’s reindeer and cleared them for the lengthy flight they will undertake in a little over a week.

AVMA deems Santa's reindeer OK for flight.
Certificate of Animal Export from the American Veterinary Medical Association, declaring 9 of Santa’s reindeer fit to fly.

In a statement published on the AVMA’s website, Dr. John de Jong explained that he had personally examined each and every animal and updated all the paperwork necessary for the reindeer to cross international borders.

De Jong adds that Santa’s reindeer have never failed their pre-journey exams, thanks to what de Jong calls “regular examinations and preventative veterinary care”.

In the U.S., some Departments of Agriculture also issue certificates. As those certificates are made available, we will pass them along. (Not all states require such certification.)

Tracking Reindeer From Home

As it has done for more than 5 decades, NORAD, or the North American Aerospace Defense Command will track Santa’s travels worldwide again this year. Satellites, radar, Santa-specific cameras and even fighter jets will all be used to make sure Santa’s travels go smoothly.  NORAD’s countdown clock is already running at its website.

Anyone wishing to follow along with the sleigh can check in at NORAD’s website Christmas Eve.


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