David Johnson, official Olympic Vet, is heading off to London.
David Johnson, official Olympic Vet, is heading off to London. Leigh Jensen

Olympic vet up for challenge

IT'S been a long lead up, but the time has almost come.

"I leave Wednesday morning," veterinarian David Johnson said.

And where is he going? Nowhere less than the 2012 London Olympic games - as the team veterinarian for the Australian showjumping team.

When we called David at work at Pacific Vetcare, a phone is ringing in the background.

As it turns out, the call was from a fellow vet in England - things are heating up in the world of the Olympics.

For the well-known local vet, his first visible piece of Olympic Games kit has just arrived.

"My travelling uniform arrived in the mail - it's very yellow," David said.

He will wear his canary colours while travelling and receive a full uniform when he reaches the Olympic Village, where he will be based for the duration.

"I'm looking forward to living in the Olympic Village, with all the athletes, and different accents and languages," David said.

In addition to David's general duties as a much loved local vet, he's spent the past 12 months preparing specifically for his first time as the official Aussie Olympic vet.

"I've gotten to know them (the equestrians) personally," David said.

"I've been to Europe several times in the last six weeks."

All this jetting about has meant David attended all three selection events, in the USA and Europe and he's confident about his team's performance.

"The eventers have a good chance of winning medals," he said.

"It's a great honour, representing your country."



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