Santa Claus is one step closer to making his annual trip around the globe.
On Tuesday, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) gave Santa’s nine reindeer a clean bill of health after an annual inspection.
AVMA president Dr. Tom Meyer examined the reindeer earlier this month to ensure that Santa’s team of nine were up-to-date on their vaccinations, free of disease and healthy.
“After thorough examination, I can tell you that Santa’s reindeer are perfectly healthy, in great shape and ready for their upcoming flight,” Meyer said in a press release.
The reindeer’s annual exam includes a health check about a month before their Christmas Eve flight to make sure they’re healthy and not showing any signs of disease — such as brucellosis, tuberculosis or chronic wasting disease — that can be transmitted to other animals around the world.
Meyer said he will make a follow-up trip to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to provide a pre-flight checkup and to inspect the reindeer upon their return on Christmas morning.