According to one hospital manager at a veterinary clinic, it is the variety of duties that has kept her excited about her job for almost 30 years. You can expect every day to be different, as each animal represents a different medical challenge. 'I love the fact that each phone call can alter your day in an instant, or one person can walk through the door and alter everything,' says Kate. This could include accompanying the vet to do a house call to check a sick cat, seeing an emergency road victim or holding together a piece of intestine while the surgeon stitches it together. In a rural practice it wouldn't be unusual for a veterinary nurse to file horses' teeth and assist in an emergency caesarean operation on a cow.