Naked vets

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  1. laurafinn

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    … or, cross-cultural perspectives on professionalism


    My classmates in the third year of Massey vet school have created and starred in a nude calendar to raise money for a class trip and for the school's wildlife ward.

    Would vet schools in the US or Canada do this for a fundraiser? I kind of doubt it, and the puritan part of me wants to say that I value maintaining a certain level of professionalism from day one of vet school, and yet there seems to be more social leveling in New Zealand, with less expectations that vets behave professionally 24/7 and from an early age (although professional behavior is of course expected in the clinic). Youthful indiscretions are smiled upon. It's kind of refreshing, actually. So I'm conflicted.

    But I'm not so conflicted that I wouldn't love to sell you all copies of the calendar! It's an interesting souvenir from New Zealand, runs from July 2008 to June 2009, and only costs about US$8 plus shipping at http://vetcalendar.co.nz/.

    Anyway, our calendar has been written up in the Wellington newspaper, the Dominion Post, and was featured on Close Up, a dinner-time national news show. When I was out selling calendars today, I had quite a few people come up and say they'd seen us on TV! My classmates have really gone all out in producing and promoting the calendar, and I'm so happy that I'm part of their class - what a great group of people.
     
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  3. rachroo

    rachroo OSU CVM c/o 2013

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    I'm not a vet student yet, but I'd be suprised if the US vet schools would allow/support such behavior.

    I know I'll probably be ripped apart for saying this but...I think that if someone wants to personally make and sell a nude calendar of themselves that's there perogative. BUT if a school or group of students representing the school are endorsing it, I find it unprofessional.

    Hmm...wouldn't that be odd if your vet had a nude calendar hanging up in their office of themselves from their vet school days? :laugh:
     
  4. twelvetigers

    twelvetigers no wake up time. sleepy time.
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    Are they at least wearing their stethoscopes?
     
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    Well, if you're concerned about maintaining professionalism, I suppose you could always trying hawking a naked mole rat calendar -- bet it won't sell as well as the human equivalent though. :D
     
  6. laurafinn

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    Heh heh. Yep. I should clarify that it is a calendar modeled on the Ladies of Rylstone's 1999 calendar (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/lifestyle/ladies.shtml), upon which the movie Calendar Girls is based. Lots of strategically placed props. And, of course, they're wearing gumboots and cowboy hats when they're down on the farm.
     
  7. starlene45

    starlene45 UC Davis SVM c/o 2013

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    Honestly, that totally makes me want to re-consider applying to Massey....

    ... and when I say that, I mean, I wasn't going to apply, but that makes me think maybe I should!!!!!

    But I am definitely from the school of thought that there is a time and place for professionalism, and a time and place for silliness, and that balancing the two is a real art :cool:
     
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    NoleDevil Iowa State CVM c/o 2012

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    :laugh:

    I think it's kind of a cute, unique idea done in good taste. At least they're raising $ for a good cause!
     
  9. david594

    david594 The-OSU CVM c/o 2013

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    So for US applicants, would I have to do the full 5 year program, or just the last 4? Intriguing....
     
  10. critterfixer

    critterfixer Veterinarian

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    I like it. But then, I don't have a lot of hang ups about nudity as art.
     
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    that is awesome!

    We have similar stuff up here (in Canada), farmers in a community near my snowboarding place did it and the calenders were selling at the local convenience stores....

    as for vets doing it- I think its more of a free choice thing, not so much if you're 'allowed' to do it.

    - but I'd do it to raise money for a charity or something....as long as its classy nudity- like the type where you're nude but the photos don't explicity show your parts.

    I met one Kiwi he said that Kiwis are more fun then Aussies....he might be right- I don't see Sydney with their nudy pics up.... ;)
     
  12. laurafinn

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    Hmmm, yeah. :)

    Yes, the calendar is pretty tasteful. And very Kiwi, although the Aussies could give them a good run for their money in the Fun category.

    PS: Massey is 4.5 years if you have a related degree :)
     
  13. lailanni

    lailanni c/o 2012
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    I wanted to apply to NZ until I found out how much it costs - the US dollar is not doing so hot either and that doesn't help. I would have *loved* to go there though, NZ is wonderful!

    Can American vets practice in NZ?

    Anyhoo, I thought the calendar was tastefully done from what I saw. I'm not opposed to it, it didn't seem raunchy in any way (unless you're really opposed to showing skin). You can sure see a lot worse on TV or in movies.

    There have been quite a few "nudie" calendars - nudie gardners, grandmas, PTA members and whatnot. Heck, maybe I should pitch the idea to my school!

    There was also a Vet that posed in Playboy a while back.... I wasn't opposed to that either. Mostly just amazed that anyone could get through 4 years of school, avoid gaining all the extra weight, and look good enough that Playboy would pay for her shots. Probably make it a bit awkward around her office/clinic/town though I would think...... Not something I would do...

    (edit: http://media.www.lsureveille.com/media/storage/paper868/news/2003/07/10/CampusLife/University.Playmate-2046473.shtml is a link to an article about her)
     
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    Our third years did one this year actually!

    We Aussies are lots of fun, I think its a common trait of Australasians, we all know how to party! :hardy:

     
  15. mistifical

    mistifical VMRCVM 2012

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    I do remember watching a Playboy: Who's the next Girl Next Door competition on fox several years ago (long before I was ever into vet med) and I think the girl who won had been accepted to UF (or at least thats what she told everyone).

    Playboy is, of course, veeery different from this calendar.
     
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    Do people have these as pets? What is the general scoop on them? My friend at work wants one, but I have no idea where they come from or anything about them!
     
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    sweeeet...haha ya just trying to get you revved up lol- but I seriuosly, I went to Oz this past summer and fell in love with you guys! I heart Oz!!! :)
     
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    I think you'd have to take an exam before you can practice there if you get your degree in the USA. Just like if a Massey grad came to the USA they'd have to take a state licensing exam. (I'm pretty sure...someone pls correct me if this is wrong!! ;))
     
  20. projekt

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    They have a naked mole rat colony now at Zoo Atlanta. (They're quite proud of them.) As a subterranian animal, they would be kind of boring in a natural environment :) Sort of like the sandfish I work with. I'm sure the zoo has some way displaying them.

    They are eusocial, so you probably couldn't have just one as a pet.
     
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    Thank you! :D I really never knew anything about them. Did you ever see that email going around saying something about even on your worst day ever, you can always be thankful that you don't look like one of those guys? Kind of funny.
     
  22. carrbear21

    carrbear21 U of Mn CVM c/o 2012

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    Interesting idea... however I think it would be cuter with JUST animals in their natural form: NAKED!
     
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    birdvet2006 Glasgow c/o 2006

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    If you were a Massey grad you'd have to take the NAVLE (national exam) and the state exam (if one exists for the state in question). Just like what I did as a Glasgow grad.

    As to the calendar - I saw something similar from RVC (Royal Veterinary College) in London. Now they didn't bear ALL...but it was pretty risque'. Glasgow did one as well, but even less risque. Things like professors in interesting positions and with cow udders strapped on them.
     
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    VelcroSky U of MN Class of 2012

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    And it looks as though she's found an alternative to paying off those loans...

    http://www.colleenmarie.com/joinme.php
     
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    LOL!!!!! OH man....well that would be a bit awkward if she had the same clients for both practices.... :S
     
  26. laurafinn

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    Yep. If you went to a North American, Australian, South African or British vet school, you just need to register with the NZ Vet Council, no test involved. Details: http://www.vetcouncil.org.nz/gainReg.php.

    Be prepared for low pay though.
     
  27. philomycus

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    I am traveling to NZ and Australia in two weeks! I can't wait! :D

    <<hijacking thread over>>
     
  28. cows93

    cows93 Cornell 2012

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    Yay for people who realize that there is a time for everything;) That being said as I am older I do not have a body that I would show. LOL
     
  29. Pandacinny

    Pandacinny VMRCVM c/o 2013

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    Philomycus, where in NZ are you going? It's a beautiful country! You'll have a great time :D
     
  30. philomycus

    philomycus The Tree Rat

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    Auckland (2 days) and Rotura (1 day). I'm taking a bunch of students (only way I could ever afford to go!!)
     
  31. lailanni

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    You're going to have SO much fun!! It's a very beautiful country!

    The ride from Auckland to Rotura was wonderful when I went -- got to see plenty of sheep too :p

    I'm going back there just as soon as I can figure out how to pay for it...could be a little while...
     
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    Pandacinny VMRCVM c/o 2013

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    Oh, it's lovely! I was there for study abroad, mostly on the south island. I did go to rotorua, though, and it was awesome! You should totally go zorbing if you get the chance.
     

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