They comfort you during times of uncertainty, they love your pet when you can't be there and they work hard everyday to keep our animals healthy, so let's celebrate the vet nurses of Australia.
Friday, October 8 was Veterinary Nurses Day and one local who is proud of her profession is Stewart Street Veterinary Hospital's Karissa Spindler.
Ms Spindler has been a vet nurse for 21 years and wouldn't change her job for anything.
"It is hard work, physically, mentally and emotionally. It's not playing with pets all day," she said.
"You're going to see animals in pain and that are suffering but you are part of a team that can provide treatment to alleviate that pain and suffering.
"Sometimes it's with a simple cuddle, sometimes medicine or surgery, and other times, offering a pet and their owner support when it's time to say goodbye."
Ms Spindler's favourite thing about her job is being able to make a difference for each patient at the clinic.
One of her favourite memories was helping save a dog who had a chew toy obstructing his bowel and then seeing him post-surgery happy and energetic.
Ms Spindler encourages locals to get their pets desexed and keep an eye out for snakes now that we're moving into the warmer seasons.
She also urges anyone looking for a pet to strongly consider adoption as an option.
Ms Spindler spent Vet Nurses Day at the clinic helping the animals of Bathurst and enjoying some cake and nibbles over lunch to celebrate the day.
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