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Health & Wellness

The Academic Affairs Wellness Program is committed to creating a healthy DVM community through the development of wellness initiatives, education, counseling, and curriculum.

Counseling Services

All students at the College of Veterinary Medicine have access to free, confidential counseling services. Services are offered at three convenient locations: the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Veterinary Medical Center and at CAPS (Counseling and Psychiatric Services) located in the Student Health Center.  Counseling is available on site at the CVM and VMC on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. To make an appointment:

  1. Visit the Health Center website and log into the Patient Portal .
  2. After log-in is complete (you will need to verify birthdate, etc.), click on Appointments in the side menu bar.
  3. Next, choose Schedule an appointment.
  4. Under General Appointment Categories choose Vet Med Services.
  5. Two appointment options will appear- Vet Med First Appointment or Vet Med CAPS Counseling
    • If this is your first appointment with Stevie or Liz select “First Appointment” option. This will allow access to the “Pre-Appointment Paperwork” that will need to be completed prior to the appointment.
    • If this is an on-going counseling appointment select Vet Med CAPS Counseling option.
  6. Next, you will select the time and day of the appointment. Remember that Stevie is located at the Main Campus/CVM and Liz Cheely is located at the Teaching Hospital/VMC, please choose appointments accordingly!

Students can cancel counseling appointments online as well.

Counseling Locations

Stevie Stigler's office is located in the CVM in room H-306.

*From the student lobby, take the elevator (near the Reading Room) to the 3rd floor. Exit the elevator to your right and follow the hallway until you see an open door on the left marked H-306. Stevie's office is located at the bottom of the stairs.

Liz Cheely's office is located in the VMC in room 2168.

*Take the stairs across from the pharmacy to the 2nd floor and immeditely turn right. Walk all the way down the hallway passing the clin path lab and turn right.  Liz's office is the last door on the left marked 2168.  If there is a pink sign on the door stating IN SESSION, please wait in the hallway or near the elevator and Liz will come and get you when she is finished.

Bulldawg Support Network (BSN)

The Bulldawg Support Network (BSN) is a network of trained peer supporters at the College of Veterinary Medicine. They are available to anyone that needs some extra help or support. They are not counselors, but are aware of professional services available at the CVM and in the greater Athens community.


The Office of Academic Affairs offering free tutoring for students in the 1st and 2nd year curriculum. Our tutors are current DVM students that performed well in the specific course. Most tutoring sessions are done in a group setting. Students interested in learning more about the program or interested in requesting a tutor can contact Melanie Dillard in the Office of Academic Affairs.

Safety Culture

The College recognizes the value of maintaining a culture of safety for its students, faculty, and staff. To ensure that safety is addressed as a priority, the Office of Academic Affairs and the College Safety Committee ask that individuals with suggestions or concerns related to safety provide feedback via a web form. Click here, and the anonymous form will open in a new window. Note: If you are outside of the UGA campus network, you must first connect to the VPN before you can access the form.


Other Resources


The ASPIRE Clinic is a unique resource on campus that provides holistic counseling and education services for the UGA community.  Their services include individual, couple, and family therapy, financial counseling & education, nutrition counseling & education, and legal problem solving. 

University Health Center

Full-time students pay a health fee each semester providing them the opportunity to receive multi-disciplinary health care, wellness and health maintenance at the University Health Center.

My Veterinary Life

Navigate your transition from student to veterinarian, nurture your personal wellbeing, and establish strong financial habits, all with help from My Veterinary Life. They are committed to be by your side for guidance, direction and support every step of the way, from your first-year anatomy lab through all the milestones as you establish your veterinary career.

Disability Resource Center (DRC)

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is committed to providing equal access for student with disabilities at UGA. The professional staff is available to work with students on their disability-related needs and to create appropriate plans for academic support, accommodations, and services.

Ramsey Center and Recreational Sports

The Ramsey Center is the student recreational and athletic facility located on UGA’s East Campus. Full time students can use the facility for free. The facility includes a pool, basketball courts, an indoor track, climbing and bouldering walls, racquetball courts, and a weight-training space.  For an additional fee students can purchase group and instructional fitness passes for access to a wide variety of classes offered at the facility.

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