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Academic Affairs 


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 in 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.


Preserving confidentiality is crucial to building community trust.  We are administratively connected to the NC State Counseling Center in order to provide  access to a full range of counseling services; therefore, confidentiality extends to Counseling Center staff as well.  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 it is believed 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 it is believed 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

  • Location: A-270 Main Administration Building
  • Hours: 8a – 5p Monday through Friday
  • Appointments may be made by calling Dr. Taylor at 919-513-6008 or emailing her at
  • Walk-in services are also generally available
  • In case of a mental health emergency if Dr. Taylor is not available:
    • Contact the NC State Counseling Center at 919-515-2423 (available 24 hours a day)
    • 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.  We frequently work 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 us early in the semester so that we 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. CVN 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, consultation is available for identifying appropriate referrals.  The NCSU Counseling Center has four full-time psychiatrists available for assistance with medical intervention.


If you are concerned about a colleague, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Taylor 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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