Vet needs a rest after London 2012

Pacific Vet Care vet David Johnson (right) is welcomed home from London 2012 by local Federal member Luke Hartsuyker who was at the official ceremony in his capacity as Shadow Minister for Sport.
Pacific Vet Care vet David Johnson (right) is welcomed home from London 2012 by local Federal member Luke Hartsuyker who was at the official ceremony in his capacity as Shadow Minister for Sport.

WHEN David Johnson touched down in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday after returning from the London Olympics, the local vet had only one thing on his mind - sleep.

It wasn't just because of the all night party that followed the closing ceremony or the long plane ride home that followed soon after.

Having spent three weeks working as a vet around the clock with Australia's showjumping team, Dr Johnson was due for a rest.

"You really are on duty 24 hours a day, you're just there to watch the horses, treat the horses and fortunately we didn't have any major problems with our showjumpers," Dr Johnson said of his work with the team.

"They (the showjumping team) didn't win a medal but they performed probably better than expected."

Although constantly busy, the Pacific Vet Care partner said none of the vets at the equestriuan centre were ever wanting for anything such were the facilities provided at the venue.

"Absolutely world class," he said.

"The stables were fantastic. They had feed experts from aroun the world, they built a full veterinary clinic there that we could treat the horses in and had about 60 of the top vets from around England that were manning it."

Not having any major problems meant the experience was relatively stress free but it certainly didn't mean it was an easy ride for the Coffs Harbour vet.

"Normally the show jumpers will jump for a couple of days on a weekend and have the week off but it was fairly strenuous if you got to the final five times in five days.

"It was just really managing their fitness and helping them recover. None of them got sick, they all travelled well and there were no injuries so from that point of view a fairly stress free time."

While working with horses and other animals is always a highlight the good doctor said he will take away one fantastic memory from London 2012.

"The highlight was marching in the closing ceremony," he said.

"We put on the uniform and we walked from the village to the main arena with all of the volunteers. It was a beautiful, balmy night and we were right in the middle next to the stage.

"We walked down through the stands all of the athletes and officials and mingled in the middle of the Union Jack while the show went on. It was just a big party so that was a real highlight you'd have to say."

Topics:  david johnson, equestrian, london olympics, luke hartsuyker



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