Vet students bare all for mental health awareness

Third year veterinary science students from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga have posed nude for a calendar to raise money for Black Dog Institute.

The annual Off the Leash calendar—shot between May and July—has become a tradition for third-year Charles Sturt vet students. It both marks the midway point of their six-year degree, as well as helps promote a very good cause.

By bearing all, the hope is to raise money and awareness for the Black Dog Institute, which advocates for mental health funding and support services.

“All of the students involved were happy to get behind the cause, even if it meant stripping down in the Wagga Wagga weather,” Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science student Laura Wood Wood said.

“The veterinary industry has a large concern for mental health given vets are four times more likely than the general population to commit suicide, and two times more likely than other health professionals.”

The official launch of the 2020 calendar will be during the 3rd Year Class of 2022 Halfway Festival held at the end of September.

The calendar will be for sale in shops and businesses in Wagga Wagga. Pre-orders are now open and can be made by visiting the Veterinary Students Association shop, creating an account (if you are not a Charles Sturt staff member or student) and placing the order.

To donate without buying a calendar, visit the Off the Leash everyday hero page.