Vets uncovered – Townsville students’ cheeky charity shoot

Beef Central, 16/09/2014
JCU vet students bare all for their graduation calendar.

JCU vet students bare all for their graduation calendar.

When it came to raising funds their 2015 graduation ball, James Cook University’s veterinary students decided that the traditional barbecues and bake sales just weren’t going to cut it.

Instead they bravely decided to bare all, and teamed up with local photographer Vicki Miller to create a cheeky fund-raising calendar.

The money raised from their $19.95 A3-sized calendars will not only be used to fund their graduation ball next year, but 10pc of the profits will also be donated to the Black River and Districts Rural Fire Brigade.

Around 25 students attended the first photo shoot on a property about an hour out of Townsville.

“We were buzzing with nerves and excitement when we arrived at the property, not quite knowing what to expect,” the participating students write on their ‘Vets Uncovered’ website.

“When it came time to take the first photo, only the bravest in the class volunteered.

Bare vets and bison

Bare vets and bison

“Slowly but surely, each of us had to undress and pose with a range of farm animals, including dogs, horses, cattle and bison (yes, actual bison!!).

“By the end of our photo shoot, everyone had forgotten that we were wondering around the farm without any clothes on.”

The second photo shoot took place in Townsville, with a visit to the Townsville Turf Club and finished off at the vet school, with photos in the students’ lecture theatre, surgery area, and in the yards with the school’s animals.

“We even had a few more students and a lecturer work up the courage to join us for the second shoot, after hearing how much fun everyone had at the first shoot!”

The students hope to raise around $40,000.

The group is taking orders online at and expect to receive the printed calendars in October.


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