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Betsy Taylor, PhD

Licensed Psychologist


CVM Counseling Services provides counseling and consultation services to veterinary students, graduate students, and house officers of the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine community through a safe, supportive and confidential environment. Clients are encouraged to use counseling to explore personal, interpersonal, academic and professional concerns. We also provide educational programming on wellness, mental health and academic topics of interest to students, faculty and staff. Counseling Services is staffed by Dr. Betsy Taylor, a licensed psychologist. Information shared with her remains confidential according to North Carolina state law and the ethical principles of the American Psychological Association.


In order to provide effective and up-to-date services, the Psychologist may sometimes consult with colleagues at the NC State University Counseling Center about her work. Otherwise, information revealed in counseling, even the information that a person has made an appointment, is not disclosed to others unless the client provides written authorization for that information to be released. The exceptions to this practice are:

  • When the Psychologist believes a client presents an imminent danger to him/herself or others.
  • When the life or safety of a readily identifiable third person is endangered.
  • When the Psychologist believes that a child or vulnerable adult is being subjected to abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
  • When disclosure is made necessary by legal proceedings.

Schedule an Appointment

Counseling Services is located in Room A-247 of Student Services and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Those wishing to use Counseling Services are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 513-6008. Dr. Betsy Taylor, the CVM Psychologist, is happy to take walk-ins, should her schedule allow. Appointment times outside of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. may also be scheduled. If n case of a mental health emergency outside of office hours, please contact Campus Police at 911 or 515-3000. Campus Police will contact the on-call counselor, who is a member of the NC State University Counseling Center staff. 24-hour assistance is also available by calling Holly Hill/Charter at 919-250-7000 or by reporting to the nearest hospital emergency room.


Academic Counseling

Graduate school is rigorous and demands a lot of time and attention from students. Some students may experience academic difficulties during their graduate years, and students are welcome to discuss challenges they are facing so as to develop better strategies to manage their time, learn, study and take tests.

  • Time Management
  • Learning Styles
  • Study Skills

Personal Counseling

Students may experience a wide variety of personal concerns related to depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, abuse, anger, stress and other issues. The Counseling Services Office is a safe place to explore these issues and develop ways to better cope with problems that arise from life experiences. Counseling services are usually short-term in nature; if an off-campus referral is needed for longer-term or more intensive therapeutic assistance, consultation is available for identifying appropriate referrals.

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression


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

  • Stress Management
  • Time Management
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Grief and Loss
  • Interpersonal Communication

Grief Support

People may experience a wide array of emotions with the loss of their companion animal or when they need to make decisions about the life of their pet. Short-term grief support is available to those who use the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and who need to talk with someone about the feelings they have related to the loss of their animal friend. For ongoing assistance, referrals to grief counselors in the community are provided.


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