Student Vets Strip Off For A Naked Calendar To Raise Awareness For Mental Health
A group of soon-to-be vets have stripped off for a naked calendar and posed with farm animals to raise money for mental health awareness.
Both male and female veterinary students from the University of Sydney bared all with strategically-placed pigs, hats and puppies to raise funds for not-for-profit organisation the Black Dog Institute.
The daring 2020 edition is the latest calendar for the university's School of Veterinary Science - which has raised almost $100,000 (£52,785) for a range of charities in previous years including drought-stricken farmers. This year also marks the calendar's 10-year anniversary.
The calendar's organiser Lucy Fuchter, 23, spoke of the nerves on the day of the early morning shoot; "We started off with a shoot at sunrise down by the lake, where there were definitely some nerves!'
"However, as the day progressed, people became increasingly comfortable and relaxed around one another, which was great to see."
Posing for the calendar has become something of a rite of passage for students at the school, and it's a cause that's especially important for vets, said Fuchter.
"As soon-to-be veterinarians, we are entering a workforce in which the suicide rate is four times that of the national average,'.
"It is a cause close to our hearts - with one in five people battling mental illness at some point in their lives, we hope that supporting the institute will assist their endeavours in helping so many."
Sydney's veterinary science school is one of the most respected in its field and is currently ranked ninth in the world.
'We are producing this nude calendar to support not only those in our industry, but all Australians who are struggling with their mental health,' organisers wrote on the calendar's website.
The 2020 edition can be bought for $25 (£13.20) for a single calendar or $70 (£36.79) for a three-pack.