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Veterinary Wellness Resources

Counseling Support

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

Heather Frost
Student Counseling @ PennVet

Location: Rosenthal Room 122 (both virtual and in-person appts available) Hours: Tuesday/Wednesday 3p-7p CAPS Counselor On-Site: Heather Frost, LCSW, M.Ed Services AvailableStudent individual therapy; consultation; connection to other resources How to access:

  • 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:
Student Counseling@Penn 

Location: 3624 Market Street, 1st Floor (both virtual and in-person appts available)

Hours: Mon/Tues/Wed 9a-7p, Thurs/Fri 9a-5p, Sat 10a-3p

Phone: 215-898-7021 Website Services AvailableStudent individual therapy; group therapy; medication; drop-in and crisis support; connection to other resources How to access:

  • Call and select option 2 to schedule an appointment
  • Call and select option 1 to speak with a counselor immediately (available 24/7)
  • Drop in (with a mask and Green Pass) whenever the office is open to meet with a drop-in counselor

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.


Location: Rosenthal 122Alea Cummings
Hours: Mon/Thurs/Fri 9am - 5pm; Tues/Wed 9am - 2pm; additional availability outside these hours by appointment
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 and plays a critical role in the strategic planning at the school level with input on wellbeing program development and curriculum across Penn Vet. 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. You have the right to privacy and confidentiality as guaranteed by PA law Statute 42 Pa. C.S.A.§ 5945.1. See Wellbeing and Social Work Confidentiality Agreement for details.
To set up an appointment:

Alea Cummings, MSW, LCSW (she/her/hers) is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience using evidence-based practices (e.g., TF-CBT, EMDR) and creative / body-centered techniques to empower people, families and communities to discover rewarding and fulfilling lives. She has spent her career working in collaboration with traditionally high stress professions vulnerable to burnout. She is passionate about addressing the unique mental health needs of individuals, teams and communities whose work positions them in close proximity to the suffering, distress and trauma experienced by the clients and patients they help. Her clinical approach is rooted in anti-racist practice, attachment theory, indigenous feminism, and is queer affirming



Page Buck

Location: New Bolton Center
Hours: By appointment
Counselor: Page Buck, PhD, LSW
Services Available

  • All NBC community members for consultation, assessment 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.
  • Clients/owners to support with issues of grief and loss until April 2022.

To set up an appointment:

Dr. Buck is a licensed social worker who works with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, chronic illness, and general overwhelm. She received training in Veterinary Social Work from the University of Tennessee – a program designed to support the human needs that arise in veterinary work.

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 and staff.  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, Dee Crandall, Heather Frost, Margy Lindem, Carrie O’Shaughnessy 


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