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USU School of Veterinary Medicine Hosts the Reindeer Express

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

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The Utah State University School of Veterinary Medicine is hosting a community Christmas event, The Reindeer Express, featuring Isaac Bott, a veterinarian and USU alumnus who is an authority on reindeer. The free event is Friday, Dec. 1, from 5-8 p.m. at the USU South Farm Indoor Riding Arena, 3580 S. Hwy-89 in Wellsville.

Bott manages Mountain West Animal Hospital, a full-service veterinary clinic in Springville. He is currently president of the Society for Theriogenology (animal reproduction) and has gained international attention as the only veterinarian in the world who provides reproductive services for reindeer.

During this family-friendly event, Bott will team up with Santa Claus to make sure his reindeer are healthy and ready for their big night on Christmas Eve.

“We are excited for Dr. Bott to share his knowledge and passion about reindeer with us and the rest of the community,” said Michael Bishop, director of student and academic affairs for the School of Veterinary Medicine. “This will be a great way to kick-off the holiday season and we are grateful that he has taken the time from his busy schedule to support our program.”

At the event, families will have opportunities to interact with the reindeer, along with horses, donkeys, cattle, goats and a camel. Children can also visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and drop off letters for Santa to read when he has some time at the North Pole. Local choirs will sing holiday music throughout the evening and other holiday activities will be available for families to enjoy.

Bott and Santa Claus, along with veterinarians from the School of Veterinary Medicine, will give short presentations with the reindeer every hour starting at 5:30 p.m. The event, including refreshments, is free to the public.

Writer: Aubree Thomas,
Contact: Michael Bishop,, 435-797-8786

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