College of Veterinary Medicine

Counseling & Wellness Services

Counseling & Wellness Services;  135 McCoy Hall

Carl Bello

Carl Bello, DVM, LMHC
Valerie Russo

Valerie Russo, PhD, LMHC

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Counseling and Wellness Department helps veterinary and graduate students maintain overall well being by providing a safe, supportive and confidential counseling environment in which to address personal, interpersonal, academic and career concerns. The Department is staffed with licensed counseling professionals. Information shared with the counselors remains confidential according to Washington Law and the ethical code of the American Psychological Association.

Personal & Couples’ Counseling

Our services and website self-help resources are designed to help students to successfully manage personal issues and interpersonal and professional relationships. We invite you to contact a counselor for free, confidential individual or couples’ counseling when needed. Some students seek a single consultation, and others may see a counselor for a few sessions or more. We work from a wellness model, which emphasizes developing individual strengths and resources with which to address common developmental concerns, in time-limited counseling. For students who have more serious circumstances and need more intensive treatment, we are happy to provide referrals to community therapists or WSU Counseling and Testing Services. A CVM counselor may provide “check-ins” during work with an outside primary counselor if needed. Please feel free to schedule a consultation if you are unsure if counseling would be helpful for your particular concern. To schedule an appointment, contact Carl Bello, DVM, LMHC, at or contact Valerie Russo PhD, LMHC at

Academic Counseling

We offer counseling, workshops, and website resources (on this site) designed to help veterinary and CVM graduate students develop the skills necessary to succeed throughout their programs. These services and resources include help with study, time management and test taking skills, improving learning, memory, and motivation, decreasing exam-related stress, and overcoming procrastination. Resources for thesis and dissertation writing are also provided on this website. We encourage students to seek help promptly, so that they can succeed with less stress and better grades from the start.

Career Counseling

We offer counseling and website resources for resume writing, job search, and interviewing to ensure that veterinary and graduate students are prepared to start their job search prior to graduation.

The information contained in these self- help resources below is not to be used as a substitute for professional care. Neither the authors, Washington State University, nor the College of Veterinary Medicine assume liability for injury incurred by following the information presented in these self-help documents.


CVM Counseling and Wellness Services also offers workshops each semester on topics such as study and test taking skills, test anxiety, resume writing, job search, and helping couples at WSU or in long-distance relationships survive and thrive. Students are welcome to request workshops on other topics, provided others are interested.

Counseling emergencies / urgent after-hours appointments

If you have a counseling emergency, please contact WSU Counseling and Testing Services at (509) 335-4511 from 8 am - 5 pm week days, or at (509) 335-2159 after hours, weekends, and holidays. 

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