A month prior to lift off, the Official Veterinarian performs a full health check to make sure the reindeer are free from disease and in excellent health so that they won’t catch a cold during their long trip. A hoof and leg check is a critical part of this as it take a great deal of skill and physical strength to land and to take off from slippery rooftops; it is the veterinarian’s job to make sure each flyer is up to the job. An additional pre-flight examination and health check is performed 24 hours prior to their scheduled Christmas Eve take off to ensure all reindeer are fit to fly. Rudolph receives a special examination to ensure his nose will glow should the need arise! Official paperwork certifying that all reindeer are in good health and free from disease can then be completed so that they will be permitted entry and exit from every country in the world. (An Official Santa’s Reindeer Veterinarian must be certified so that she or he may write international health certificates which allow Santa to legally land and take off without unnecessary delays at country borders.) The Official Veterinarian for Santa’s reindeer is on-call, 24/7 but only worries about possible weather related hazards on the Christmas Eve flight because Santa takes such wonderful care of his charges. On Christmas Day following their safe return, Santa’s Official Reindeer Veterinarian performs his or her final duties: verifying each reindeer is top flight shape following his long journey, saying a special good bye to each and by introducing the new Official Veterinarian to his or her new patients.