New vet achieves dream and joins her father at clinic

WHILE most dream to leave the nest, Olivia Lemmon has returned.

The bright, wide eyed, easy going go-getter has moved back home - to finally practice as a veterinary surgeon after years of "following around" her vet father, David Lemmon when she was a child.

The 25-year-old recently graduated with honours at the University of Queensland and decided to walk in her father's footsteps.

Ms Lemmon joined the family-like team at the Northern Beaches Veterinary Hospital as a veterinary surgeon, this week.

The respect that other students expressed for her father as a vet helped Ms Lemmon decide where she wanted to be as a first-year graduate, she said.

"They didn't know he was my father, in fact I don't think they realised I was a student," she laughed. "I used to follow him around at work when I was little and help him get the tools he'd need at appointments.

"Now, dad is my mentor, he is my boss, my father and best friend all in one. I admire the work he does and if there were anyone I would want to be like, it would be him."

Mr Lemmon said he could not have been more proud or excited when he was approached for a position.

"I shed a tear," he said. "She was offered multiple placements at other really good practices and still wanted to come home.

"She is outgoing, has a warm heart, ticks all of the boxes and I saw it coming," he said. "She is such a people person and animals love her."

The only box she did not tick was the "best dad joke" box as Mr Lemmon will continue to hold that title, he said.

"We try to out pun each other all the time. I think it's about 18 to one at the moment," Mr Lemmon laughed. "She is just going to do so well. Mackay is her home."


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