LUKE Tozer, from Cooma Pet Shop, loves his job.
"What's not to like?" he said.
"Isn't it every kids dream to work in a pet shop?
"It's great. I get to work with an array of animals and I love meeting such a variety of people and their pets."
It's his love and passion for animals that has seen Mr Tozer awarded a Rotary Club Pride of Workmanship award.
The award recognises workers who display outstanding qualities of dedication, attitude and commitment to service.
Cooma Pet Shop owner Sandra Brabon, Mr Tozer's employer, nominated him for the award.
"The pride of workmanship award is the perfect opportunity to show gratitude to a fantastic employee," she said.
"Luke started as a work experience student. He has a passion for animals and good work ethics and impressed as a potential future employee."
Having had an interest and passion for animals since he was four-years-old, it made sense that when he was in year 10 Luke undertook work experience surrounded by things he loved at the pet shop.
Mrs Brabon was so impressed she called him and offered him a job as a junior.
Mr Tozer has now worked at the pet shop for seven years and continued to develop and learn new skills. In that time, he has completed a certificate III in companion animal studies and has become a certified microchip implanter for companion animals.
One thing he loves most is talking to people and helping give them advice about their pets.
He thanked his employer and Rotary Club for the award.
"It's fantastic to be acknowledged by a fantastic employer," he said.
Mr Tozer was one of four local recipients of the 2014 Rotary Club Pride of Workmanship awards.