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Laura Natalia Castro, MSW, LCSW

Director of CVM Counseling Services


CVM Counseling Services provides multiculturally affirming counseling and consultation services to veterinary students, graduate students and house officers of the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine community. Clients are encouraged to use counseling to explore any personal, interpersonal, academic and professional concerns that may be impacting their well-being.

Counseling Services is staffed by Laura Castro, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who takes a collaborative approach with clients to explore and address concerns in a supportive, non-judgmental, and confidential environment. She also provides wellness and mental health programming to the CVM community, and consultation to university administrators, faculty and staff with regard to student and house officer well-being.

The presence of in-house counseling services is part of the commitment made by the CVM to prioritize wellness in the community. Pursuing counseling, especially for the first time, is a courageous choice, and a sign of investment in your personal, academic, and professional well-being. Laura works to make the counseling experience for each client as comfortable as possible.

CVM Counseling Coronavirus

CVM Counseling Services is available for CVM students and house officers via video or phone telehealth options. To make an appointment, please contact Laura Castro at

All Counseling Center Services also remain available to student by calling 9195152423

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Preserving confidentiality is crucial to building community trust. Your confidentiality is taken very seriously. Unless you give written permission, the only reasons for breaking confidentiality entail situations that seem life-threatening. Even in these situations, Laura does everything she can to enlist your agreement and cooperation.


There is no additional charge for services beyond the academic year student fees.

Schedule an Appointment

  • Appointments may be made by calling Laura Castro at 919-513-6008 or emailing her at
  • Location: A-270 Main Administration Building
  • Hours: 8am – 5pm Monday through Friday
  • In case of a mental health emergency if Laura is not available:
    • Contact or visit the NC State Counseling Center at 919-515-2423, 2815 Cates Avenue at Dan Allen Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695
    • For emergencies after regular business hours, please contact the on-call counselor service by calling 919-515-2423
    • Contact Campus Police at 911 or 515-3000 (24 hours)
    • Consult with Holly Hill Hospital at 919-250-700
    • Report to the nearest hospital emergency department


Academic Counseling

Vet school is rigorous, and academic difficulties are not uncommon. Laura frequently works with students to help them develop their skills in learning, test-taking, and time management. If you notice that you’re having trouble, please contact her early in the semester so that she can help you troubleshoot right away.

Personal Counseling

Students may experience a wide variety of personal concerns related to depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, abuse, anger, stress and other issues. CVM Counseling Services is a safe place to explore these issues and develop ways to better cope with problems that arise from life experiences. Counseling is usually fairly short-term in nature (within the scope of a semester). If an off-campus referral is needed for longer-term or more intensive therapeutic assistance, Laura can be helpful with identifying appropriate on-campus or off-campus referrals. Group counseling and psychiatric services are available through the NCSU Counseling Center.


If you are concerned about a member of the community, please do not hesitate to contact Laura at any time to best determine how she can help.


Counseling Services provides educational programming on wellness, mental health, learning, and academic topics of interest to students, faculty and staff. Workshops frequently offered include:

  • Stress Management and Resilience
  • Learning to Learn in Vet Med
  • Taking Care of your Relationship in Vet School
  • Mindfulness in Veterinary Medicine
  • Finding Time for Sleep, Exercise, and Nutrition
  • Self-Compassion and Enhancing Mental Health
  • Suicide Awareness and Prevention

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