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Naked Vets put out new calendar

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Naked Vets put out new calendar

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The March 2008 shot, taken near Masterton. Photo by Erica van Reenen. Copyright 2007. All rights reserved.

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Getting your kit off is becoming an annual event for Massey third-year veterinary science students.

For the second year, students have stripped for charity to produce a 2007-2008 calendar called Barely There – Take II.

Well, “charity” might be stretching it a little. The calendars, which feature naked students posed in a series of mostly agricultural and educational settings – wool sheds, hay barns, paddocks, lecture theatres and lying on the floor playing with a cat – are largely to raise funds for the traditional halfway day function.

Ten per cent of the proceeds of the sales of the calendar are going to the New Zealand Wildlife Health Centre, which treats ill and injured native birds, reptiles and mammals.

The day marks the mid-point of the five-year Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree and usually involves a class trip and social function.

Like the vet students, the calendars are extremely popular, selling like hotcakes at just $10. Most of the 3000 calendars printed have already gone. But the resourceful students have made the project more lucrative by getting businesses to sponsor the pages and cover the production costs.

The photographs, apart from one, are by Erica van Reenen, a masters student and research assistant in the Institute of Veterinary Animal and Biomedical Sciences. Hale Photography of Palmerston North produced the image for May 2008.

For further information or to order a calendar: www.vetcalendar.co.nz

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