Interviews are tough enough without having to face a formidable panel of the four-legged variety.
Budding vet nursing students will be put through their paces at Edinburgh Napier University by an unconventional interrogator – a puppy.
Golden Labrador Belle, who is just 14 weeks old, has been drafted in alongside black Labrador Ellie and Terrier Holly to make sure candidates can mix well with pets.
Lecturer and Belle’s owner, Dr Mary Fraser, 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 has 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 will roam around while applicants are quizzed by lecturers.
Dr Fraser added: “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.”