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Veterinary Wellness Resources

Wellness Events and Programs At Penn


  • icare is an interactive gatekeeper training for students, faculty, and staff that builds a caring community with the skills and resources to intervene with student stress, distress, and crisis.
  • icare includes information, discussion, and experiential exercises that focus on:
    • Mental health beliefs & biases
    • Signs of stress, distress, and crisis
    • Listening techniques
    • Crisis intervention skills
    • Counseling services

Welcome to Veterinary Wellness Resources

The University of Pennsylvania and the School of Veterinary Medicine have a commitment to the wellness of our students, faculty, staff, nurses, clinicians, house officers, and trainees. Here are some resources available to help you feel supported and sustained by our community. Please let us know of resources that you've found helpful.

Page Buck, Heather Frost, Alea Cummings, Margy Lindem, Gwen Fancy, Carrie O’Shaughnessy.


Counseling Support

Counseling options for staff and students at Ryan Hospital and New Bolton Center.

Student Counseling @ PennVet

Location: Rosenthal Room 122 (both virtual and in-person appts available) Hours: Tuesday/Wednesday 3p-7p

  • Call Student Counseling at 215-898-7021 and select option 2 to schedule an appointment (request appt with Heather Frost)
  • Email counselor to schedule appointment:


Heather is a licensed clinical social worker who works with students around issues related to anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships, identity, trauma, and family dynamics.  She has particular training in issues related to sexual health/well-being and working with the LGBTQ community. 

Student Counseling @ Penn 

Phone: 215-898-7021 Website


Location: Rosenthal 122
Counselor On-Site: Alea Cummings, MSW, LCSW 


Services Available: Provides direct social work services and counseling to the faculty, interns, residents, staff, nurses and clients of Ryan Hospital. Provides therapy, individual or group debrief sessions following difficult cases (e.g., animal abuse), consultation about work or personal life, and referrals to and collaboration with other supports. 
To set up an appointment:


Location: New Bolton Center

Counselor: Page Buck, PhD, LSW
Services Available

  • All NBC community members for consultation, Page Buckassessment and referrals – whether you are worried about yourself or a colleague.
  • 4th year LA students, house officers, nurses and other staff for short-term/supportive counseling, typically over Zoom and at times that work for your schedule.

To set up an appointment:

New Events Calendar!

Check the Events Calendar to join in workshops, webinars, and other wellness-enhancing events.
Please let us know of resources that you've found helpful!

Vet-specific Online Resources

Peer Support

Video Series

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