Camden vet students don’t let anything get in the way of their bonding – even clothes.
The final year class at Sydney University’s veterinary school campus, which stretches over Camden, Cobbitty and Brownlow Hill, got down to their birthday suits this month for their annual fundraising calendar.
Each year the students pose nude with animals to raise money for a worth cause – this year supporting Rural and Remote Mental Health.
About 40 students took part in this year’s calendar.
Nude calendar committee member Courtney Turner said shooting the photos for the 2018 calendar was a great bonding experience.
“It’s fair to say we’re all a lot closer and more comfortable with each other than we were before the shoot,” she said.
“Everyone feels a little awkward at the beginning but our photographer (Meredith Schofield) was so great and we all got into it.
“By the end of the day we were all pretty comfortable walking around naked.”
Ms Turner said it was a challenge working with some of the animals.
“The calves were quite fidgety and didn’t want to stay still, so we had to work hard with them,” she said.
“And the piglets were very squirmy.
“We were worried that some bits might get bitten that you definitely don’t want to be bitten.
“That was our first photo of the day, so it was an interesting way to kick things off.”
Ms Turner said the weather was on the group’s side this year and it was quite a pleasant temperature for the shoot.
She said the calendar was a lot of fun and a great way to draw attention to mental health.
“Rural and Remote Mental Health do great work and provide facilities for people in areas that don’t have the sort of access to facilities we do in Sydney,” she said.
“The suicide rate among vets is four times higher than the general population, which is something that’s not talked about a lot.
“I know studying veterinary sciences a lot of students suffer anxiety and stress, so it’s good that we’re slowly discussing mental health and mental illness more.”
The Sydney University Veterinary School Nude Calendar – this year called Shedding the Stigma – goes on sale on Monday, October 16 at nudecalendar.wixsite.com/website.
Ms Turner encouraged everyone to buy a copy.
“If you’ve got $25 to spare it’s a great chance to support mental health.”