Mental Health & Wellness

Counseling Services

Dial 988 if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. The 24/7 Suicide and Crisis Line provides trained counselors who provide free, confidential support.

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine greatly values the mental health and wellness of our students. Our mental health counselors are dedicated to providing quality, confidential care to our professional DVM students to help foster their personal and professional growth and success.

With our goal of providing free, accessible, and confidential counseling services while staying within CDC, state and county guidelines regarding the Coronavirus, we are offering counseling appointments via phone and video to ensure the safety of our students and counselors. Setting up appointments is the same process as outlined below. In addition, please visit the UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services website for up-to-date information and resources on COVID-19. *Some services below have been affected by the pandemic and will resume when safe to do so.

Counseling Services

The School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) and UC Davis central campus Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) offer free (for registered VETMED students; no insurance required), confidential, and accessible counseling services. The School of Veterinary Medicine provides counseling services on the vet med campus to assist in making appointments as convenient as possible. The SVM Counseling & Wellness Suite is located at 172 Schalm Hall.

If students need more frequent or longer-term services, referrals can be provided to work with a counselor in the surrounding community. These services are accessible by using your SHIP insurance plan, private insurance, or private pay.

Individual and couples therapy services are available 5 days a week with a wide range of appointment times to accommodate VETMED student availability: early-morning, noon appointments, and early-evening appointments. (see Making an Appointment section below)  

*Drop-in hours are available Monday through Friday from 1pm - 2 pm for students, faculty, and staff. Drop-in hours can be used to obtain information about counseling services for VETMED students, to request information on methods for helping a colleague/friend who may be in need of mental health assistance, or making requests for specific trainings or programming for a class, club, or other organization on campus.

*Group therapy services are provided on the VETMED campus to support DVM students.

Live Health Online counseling or medical appointments are offered through a partnership between UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services and LiveHealth Online. Services are available to UC SHIP enrolled students at no cost. LiveHealth Online providers are available throughout the United States. Enter the state you are currently residing in when scheduling an appointment to see a list of providers available in that area.  

Psycho-education and Wellness Programming are provided when requested by students, faculty, and staff. Examples of programming include stress and wellness presentations, methods for recognizing and responding to students in distress, and methods for communicating effectively with colleagues and supervisors in a professional setting.

Making an Appointment

Email us at and include all of your available open times for an appointment (days of the week and times of the day). We will work to schedule an appointment with one of the VETMED Counselors at the VETMED Counseling & Wellness Suite (172 Schalm Hall).

Additionally, you can call us at (530) 752-2349 for an appointment. This is the general appointment line for all of Student Health and Counseling Services. Be sure to indicate that you are a VETMED student to ensure that you will be scheduled with a counselor at the VETMED Counseling & Wellness Suite. You can also schedule an appointment on the main campus if you do not want to be seen in the VETMED office. Please indicate that you would like to be seen on the main campus when scheduling that appointment.

Urgent Mental Health Needs

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) offers mental health urgent care services on the first floor of the Student Health & Wellness Center during normal hours of operation.

For urgent needs you can call or walk in to speak with an advice/triage nurse (530) 752-2349. The nurse will discuss your concerns and determine if urgent care is appropriate.

24-Hour Consultation Line For Mental Health Needs

If you are calling after-hours, weekends/holidays and need to speak with someone immediately, please call (530)752-2349 and press 55.

Canceling an Appointment (24-hour cancellation methods)

If you cannot make your appointment, please let us know so we can make your time slot available to other students. There are two easy ways to cancel your appointment that are available 24-hours a day:

  • Call our Appointment Cancellation Message Line at (530) 752-8821 and leave a message.
  • Log in to Health-e-Messaging and use the "Appointments" page to view and cancel your scheduled appointment(s).