09/05/2014 08:38 BST | Updated 09/05/2014 11:59 BST

Scottish University Employs Dogs To Help Interview Students For Places

All bark and no bite
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All bark and no bite

A university in Scotland has come up with a novel way of vetting potential students - by bringing in dogs to help out with the interview process.

The canine will sit in with veterinary students at Ediburgh Napier University, and will serve to demonstrate how well students deal with animals.

Belle is one of the dogs who will be sitting in on the interview. Owner Dr Mary Fraser, a vet nursing lecturer, says: "We get more than 400 applicants for our vet nursing course, which is the only degree of its kind offered in Scotland, and only have 30 places, so it's really important we select those students who are right for the job.

"Having Belle in the interview room not only helps calm the prospective students but lets us see what they're like with animals."

Black labrador Ellie and terrier Holly are the other two pooches who are being brought in to help pick the best candidates.

Fraser adds: "All of our students go on to have work placements before eventually taking jobs in veterinary practices so if, at this stage, they don't cope well with a very friendly puppy then they are unlikely to get on well with a snarling 60kg dog."

It's not the first time pups have been drafted in to help students. Stressed out students at Aberdeen University were given special rooms on campus to play with puppies during their exam period.