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Edinburgh Napier University adds Labradors to interview panel


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Imagine showing up to your university interview and the panel is made up of academics and... three labradors... 

Hopeful candidates for the BSc veterinary nursing programme at Edinburgh Napier University this year were surprised with three fox red labradors on their interview panel.

Two dogs, Simba and Tia, alongside their puppy, Fern, helped test the applicant's communication skills with animals. This allowed the interviewers to get a unique perspective on their prospective students - the ability to work calmly with animals obviously being extremely important for veterinary nurses.

A spokesperson for the university has said that the staff watch to see who is the most comfortable handling, talking to, and playing with the dogs. 

Their presence also helps decrease the stress that often comes with an interview. I'm sure we can all relate to an awful situation that would have been dramatically improved by the presence of three wonderful labradors. 

The dogs are all currently in training with a charity called APPAWS, that supplies therapy dogs for people suffering from autism. The training programme usually takes three to four months. 

What good boys. Now, if only all universities could follow this example. 

Image by Les Daniel.

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