College of Veterinary Medicine

Counseling & Wellness Services

Counseling & Wellness Services

Counseling ServicesWashington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Counseling and Wellness Services helps veterinary students maintain their global well-being by providing a safe, supportive and confidential environment that empowers the exploration of personal, interpersonal, academic and career concerns. The service 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.

Academic Counseling

Our academic services are designed to assist veterinary students in developing the skills necessary to succeed throughout the curriculum. Through individual counseling and workshops, we help veterinary students develop effective study and test taking skills as well as learn how to decrease exam related stress and anxiety. We work closely with students who may be experiencing academic difficulty to develop the necessary learning strategies to achieve academic success in the DVM program.

Career Counseling

Our career counseling services are designed to assist veterinary students in preparing for the transition into clinics and eventually the work force. We help develop resume writing, job search, and interview skills to ensure the veterinary student is adequately prepared for his/her subsequent job search prior to graduation.

Personal/Social Development

Our counseling and wellness services are designed to assist veterinary students in developing and acquiring those skills, attitudes and resources necessary to succeed in veterinary school and to pursue productive and satisfying lives. We aspire to help veterinary students achieve excellence in all areas of their lives, thereby shaping healthier, emotionally intelligent, ethical and professional leaders in the veterinary profession and communities.


CVM Counseling and Wellness Services also offers several workshops to students throughout each semester on a variety of topics such as study and test taking skills, test anxiety, resume writing, job searching, long-distance relationships and how couples can survive vet school. Provided there is enough interest, students are welcome to request workshops on other topics.

Counseling for students is limited to ten sessions per academic year. Depending upon the student’s circumstances, and at the discretion of the counselor, session limits may be extended. Short-term counseling is provided for students with mild to moderate concerns. Those students who have circumstances more serious in nature that warrant longer-term counseling will be referred to WSU Counseling and Testing Services or to an outside agency. Your counselor will help you in the referral process and may act as a secondary counseling resource for "check-ins" during your work with your outside primary counselor. Please feel free to set up a consultation time if you are unsure if counseling would be helpful for your particular issue. To make an appointment contact: 
 If you have a counseling emergency  please call the WSU Student Counseling Center at 335-4511 during university business hours or the Moscow/Pullman Crisis Line at 332-1505 after hours, weekends and holidays. .

Also see Self Help Resources.  NOTE:  The information contained in these self help resources 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
Last Edited: Nov 06, 2013 4:05 PM   

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