Young vets bare all in yearly rite of pas­sage

Strip­ping off for a top char­ity

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News - . AN­DREA DAVY An­drea.davy@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

GET­TING their gear off for a nude shoot has be­come some­thing of a rite of pas­sage for North Queens­land vet stu­dents.

This year was no ex­cep­tion, as 70 fourth-year James Cook Uni­ver­sity vet­eri­nary sci­ence stu­dents posed in the buff with noth­ing but boots, hats, dogs and horses to cover their bits.

The birth­day-suit shoot was used to make a stylish cal­en­dar that will be sold to raise money for the class’s end of year ball, with 10% of prof­its also do­nated to the Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run­ners.

Stu­dent Amy Neale was among the brave young peo­ple who bared all.

“Ob­vi­ously, it’s not some­thing you do ev­ery day so it was a fun ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

“We all just had a laugh with it. We were pretty ner­vous be­fore we started.”

Vicki Pugh, the tal­ent be­hind Vicki Miller Photography, do­nated her ser­vices as well as live­stock at her fam­ily’s horse prop­erty, Rhondu Stud, for the cal­en­dar project.

A Townsville florist, Away With Flow­ers, also do­nated props and el­e­gant flower crowns for the ladies to wear while they were in the raw.

Amy was jovial when talk­ing about the project, but stressed that their cal­en­dar sup­ported a wor­thy char­ity.

“As ru­ral vet­eri­nary stu­dents, we wanted to chose a char­ity that was rel­e­vant to us,” she said.

“This is a char­ity that is close to the heart of a lot of our stu­dents; some of us are off prop­er­ties.

“With the hay run­ners… you can see ex­actly where the funds are go­ing.”

This is the third con­sec­u­tive year JCU vet stu­dents have used a nude cal­en­dar to raise money.

“It has al­most be­come a rite of pas­sage,” Amy said.

“We all sort of joked about it and laughed when the years above us did it, but in a way, you just can’t wait to be in your fi­nal year of study – it’s all part of fin­ish­ing the jour­ney.”

Next year will be the last of the stu­dents’ five-year course.

Amy said while work­ing with an­i­mals would soon be their bread and but­ter, pos­ing naked with hounds proved to be the big­gest chal­lenge.

“You wouldn’t think it, but

❝ Ob­vi­ously, it’s not some­thing you do ev­ery day so it was a fun ex­pe­ri­ence. We all just had a laugh with it. — Amy Neale

the hard­est an­i­mals to work with were the dogs,” she laughed.

“Be­cause we were try­ing to pick them up and hold them in a cer­tain way, of­ten they didn’t want to co-op­er­ate, it was re­ally quite funny.” Visit www.vet­sun­cov­ered.com to pre­order a cal­en­dar.

JCU vet stu­dent Tessa Jones in her birth­day suit.

Chelsea Crake and Amy Neale were brave enough to bare all.

PHO­TOS: VICKI MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY

Al­most 70% of James Cook Uni­ver­sity vet stu­dents posed in the buff for a nude cal­en­dar shoot.

JCU vet stu­dents Ash­ley Heil­bronn, Kelsey Tsang and Laura Adams posed in the buff for a fundrais­ing cal­en­dar.

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