Vets Shedding the Stigma
Meredith Schofield

Meredith Schofield

Meredith aka Mez is an Australian / Estonian photographer, based on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia.


A few weeks ago I photographed the annual University of Sydney Veterinary Faculty’s nude calendar. Veterinary Science & Animal and Veterinary Bioscience students shed their clothing for a good cause.

‘For almost a decade, University of Sydney veterinary students have bared all to raise money for a charity of their choice.  This year 100% of funds raised will be donated to Rural and Remote Mental Health (RRMH).


About 40 veterinary science and animal science students took part in this years calendar, with the photo shoot occurring at the University’s farms and Silver Hills Warmblood Stud in the Camden area of NSW.  They bared all to creatures great and small, on tractors, in sheds, and some lucky drivers got more than they bargained for as they drove past the farms.


A recent study in Australia found that veterinarians are up to four times more likely to die from suicide.  The 2018 calendar titled, ‘Shedding The Stigma’ is intended to remind everyone that it’s OK to not be OK and to encourage everyone to seek help early before an issue or challenge gets out of hand. It is also a timely release with October being Mental Health Awareness month.’

All animals seen in the photos were handled in the correct ways, as the vet students and animal science students have been trained to do and with respect and love. Professional animal handlers were on hand all day to assist as well as the University farm site managers. Lambs, piglets and sheep were handled for less than five minutes. Any animal that wasn’t comfortable with being handled was not used in any image.

Many thanks to Toby Forage ( ) for assisting me on the day, and for his video production.

So jump on their website and grab yourself a calendar, it’s for a great cause!

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