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How to become a Santa-friendly practice

A reindeer Q&A is among the resources offered by the AVMA.

How to become a Santa-friendly practice
AVMA President Mike Topper, right, is interviewed about his “trip” to the North Pole.

Getting in the holiday spirit, the American Veterinary Medical Association is helping practitioners educate young clients about reindeer health care and promote themselves as members of Santa’s emergency veterinary staff.

The AVMA reported that President Mike Topper, DVM, Ph.D. — “the North Pole’s official veterinarian” — recently performed “antler-to-tail evaluations of all nine of Santa’s reindeer, making sure they were all up to date on their vaccinations, free of disease and healthy enough to make their annual trek around the globe.”

Official Emergency Landing and Veterinary Expert System (ELVES) badge

The proof, a document called North Pole Certificate of Animal Export, is posted at http://bit.ly/2jLX4Hn. The AVMA is encouraging veterinary practices to print the certificate as a handout to children.

For veterinarians confronted with thorny questions about reindeer — for example, “Why does Rudolph’s nose glow red?” — the AVMA prepared a cheat sheet at http://bit.ly/2BHzm7b.

Finally, practitioners committed to answering the call to assist Santa’s reindeer may share an Emergency Landing and Veterinary Expert System (ELVES) badge on their social media channels. It is available at http://bit.ly/2ATZZIL.

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