Student vets pose naked for charity calendar

Back to nature! Edinburgh veterinary students brave chilly conditions to pose naked for animal charity calendar

  • Students from the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh stripped off to help raise funds for a charity that helps the pets of homeless people
  • Around 94 students disrobed for the 2020 charity calendar posing the buff in picturesque Scottish scenery, alongside animals including cows and reindeer 
  • Group persuaded farmer to let them borrow a Land Rover Defender to pose with  

The Scottish Highlands might not be the warmest backdrop for a naked charity calendar but veterinary students from Edinburgh didn’t let the chilly weather stop them from raising money for a good cause.  

Some 94 students from Edinburgh University’s Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies – sometimes known as Dick Vet – posed in the altogether to help raise money for animal charity All4Paws, which provides free vet care to the pets of homeless and vulnerably housed people. 

The 2020 naked calendar, called ‘Vets Who Undress’ was shot by an all female team across Scotland, with the country’s beautiful wildlife taking a starring role.   

Horses, highland cattle, birds of prey, cats, reindeer and dairy cows all share shot space with the stripped-bare vets in the making. 

In the altogether! A trio of trainee vets from Edinburgh University’s Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies pose with birds of prey for the 2020 Vets Who Undress calendar 

Some 94 trainee vets have posed for the charity calendar, with funds going to a All4Paws, which provides free vet care to the pets of homeless and vulnerably housed people

Oh deer! Vets in the buff – wearing just their bobble hats – gather on a Scottish moor alongside non-plussed reindeers

A trainee vet poses with a feathered friend; the team behind the calendar had to warn walkers what they were photographing on nearby trails 

Keep your wellies on: The vet school has a long history of producing naked calendars for good causes

In one image, eight female vets drape themselves over a farmer’s Land Rover Defender.

The images were captured by fourth year vet students, Liv Halloran, Mengxuan Zhang and Nirvana Leaver and the project was organised and directed by student, Jara Mrdja.

‘Nude charity calendars have been a vet med tradition for a little while now. Several other veterinary schools also produce nude charity calendars. The Dick vet has been producing a calendar every other year for the past few years,’ said Jara.

‘This year we’re an all-female group comprised of myself acting as director and three fellow classmates who are the photographers on the project. Everyone has been incredibly kind, understanding and supportive of our project. The University of Edinburgh and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary studies has given our project their full support.

A farmer let the vets borrow his Land Rover Defender for this group shot

Naked vets pet cattle in a passing field during a photoshoot

Strategically-placed cat! This pair of students just about protect their modesty

The team behind the calendar persuaded farmers and agricultural businesses to let them borrow their animals – including horses – for the calendar

High on a hill: An all-female photo sees the naked vets posing with Highland cattle on a hill-side

‘I was expecting a lot more rejection when I contacted businesses to work with us. Lucky for me, everyone was happy to participate. It’s a very strange email to have to craft; something along the lines of, ‘hey would you allow us to take a bunch of naked vet students and take pictures of them interacting with your animals?’

‘When we shot in more public locations, we have had a couple of people spread up and down the trails to warn hikers and walkers of what’s going on. People are usually really interested and ask us about the charity and how the shoots are coming along. So public reaction has been really positive.

Horsing around: This vet cosies up with a beautiful black horse in an autumnal scene

Public reaction has been ‘really positive’ say the vets, with many people offering to donate to the charity when they’ve happened upon a photo shoot

‘Our aim was to work with businesses and people that have exceptional welfare standards for their animals and we’re incredibly thankful to Maison de Moggy, the Cairngorms Reindeer Centre and Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World and all the pet owners for working with us on this project.

‘We’ve had a lot of positive feedback about how much more confident people feel about themselves after doing the shoots. My main goal was to produce really beautiful and interesting portraits of vet students and raise money for a great cause.

‘The cause is really unique and special. All4Paws gives free vet care to the pets of homeless and vulnerably housed people. These animals offer companionship, compassion and love to those in society who may arguably need it most.

‘The charity is totally reliant on donations. They supply medicine as well as coats, toys and leads as well. Both students and staff from the vet school volunteer their time to run the clinic so it’s a great way for the students to apply the things we learn in class to real world situations.’ 

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