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Dogs Brought In To Interview Veterinary University Students

Can you imagine being interviewed for a job by a dog? Sitting in an interview room and waiting for a dog to come in and contribute to whether you get the job. Well that’s exactly what dogs have been doing at Edinburgh Napier University. They have been helping in the interviews of prospective students to help to see if they are suitable for a veterinary course.

OK so the don’t exactly sit there and ask questions, they are simply there to interact with the students. It’s easy to tell whether someone really is a dog or animal person by watching how they behave with an animal for a few minutes. Staff at the university want to ensure that the correct people are picked for the course, and this is an innovative way of finding out.

Dr Mary Fraser is a vet nursing lecturer at the University and her dog Belle is used in the interviews with students. She said ‘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.’

The dogs are simply brought into the interview room and allowed to roam around in the background. It’s a quick and straightforward way of seeing how the prospective students feel about dogs and if they have any sort of fear.

Using dogs or animals in interviews is a technique that could be used for other jobs that involve working with animals. It’s a smart way of ruling out unsuitable people and finding the the right people for the job. Some places are already doing this by conducting an initial interview and then asking applicants to have a practical session with the animals they wish to work with as a follow up. Other applicants for certain jobs may be asked to do a day trial where they can prove themselves and show that they can work well with animals.

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