Mental Health

CVM Students, We're Here For You

CVM Mental Health and Wellness Program offers free and confidential counseling services for students enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Our program provides services including:

  • Individual Therapy 

  • Group Therapy and Support Groups

  • Psychiatric Services

  • Mental Health Trainings including Suicide Prevention and Mental Health First Aid

  • Mental Health Presentations and Workshops


Make An Appointment

Veterinary Mental Health

Discover tools and resources that support personal and professional well-being.

Veterinary Well-Being Support

Self-Screening Tools

Self-Screening Tools are available to assess risk.

Self-Screening Tools

Tucson Mental Health Resources

The Tucson community has some specific tools to access mental health support. 

Local Resources

Anxiety and Depression

When it comes to mental health, anxiety and depression are two of the most common disorders.

Anxiety and Depression Support

Self-Care & Wellness

To be a great caregiver, you must give care to yourself first. 

Self-Care and Wellness Resources

Violence and Trauma

There are safe places where you can reach out and receive the support you may need.

Violence and Trauma Resources


ADD/ADHD (or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is not just a childhood disorder.

ADD/ADHD Resources


The LGBTQIA+ community in Tucson and on the U of A campus is great and wide.

LGBTQIA Resources

Eating Disorders

In the spectrum of mental health, eating disorders are the ones that most affect your physical health.

Eating Disorder Resources

Substance Abuse

Becoming concerned about your alcohol and drug use can be a fearful and isolating experience.

Substance Abuse Resources

Pregnancy and Postpartum Support

Many women experience mild mood changes during and after pregnancy, however up to 20% experience significant mood symptoms including depression or anxiety.

Pregnancy and PPD Support

Veterinary Social Work

Attending to human needs at the intersection of veterinary and social work practice.

Social Work Resources

Financial Support

Finances can be challenging. There are a variety of places that can help.

Financial Support

University of Arizona Counseling and Psychological Services

CVM Students are eligible for main campus services through the University of Arizona


BIPOC Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

BIPOC Mental Health Resources

Grief and Loss

The purpose of pet loss support is to provide emotional assistance for pet owners who have experienced, or are anticipating, the death of their animal.

Grief and Loss Resources

For immediate emergencies or crises, please call 911, go to the Emergency Department or call the Community Crisis Line at 520-622-6000.


Alison Sutton-Ryan, DBH, LCSW, LISAC

Mental Health Services, Director

Alison Sutton-Ryan, DBH,  LCSW, LISAC, is the Director of Mental Health Program at UA College of Veterinary Medicine. Previously, she developed the mental health services program at UA College of Medicine. She has a Doctorate in Behavioral Health and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC).  She developed the Program for Mental Health Wellness within the UAHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She has also assisted with developing the new UA Survivor Advocacy Program and serves as a Faculty Associate at ASU’s School of Social Work. With more than 20 years of experience as a Psychotherapist, she has maintained a private practice and worked in various mental health settings. Specialties include addictions, perinatal mood disorders, and the mental health needs of medical trainees. Her doctoral research is on access and barriers to mental health care of physicians and medical trainees. She is completing the University of Tennessee certificate in Veterinary Social Work.  She enjoys spending time with her family and pack of rescue dogs.

Here at CVM Program for Mental Health, Dr. Sutton-Ryan will provide individual and group therapy, mental health training such as suicide prevention and Mental Health First Aid, and developing mental health initiatives.




Request An Appointment


Mark David Gilbert, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Dr. Mark David Gilbert, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona (UA) and has been practicing psychiatry for over 40 years. He completed his residency program at UCLA, and a fellowship in Family Therapy at the University of Toronto. Dr. Gilbert was the co-Director of the Family Therapy training program at the University of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children for 10 years. He co-directed of one of the first Integrative Medical Clinics in Canada, and was director of the Eye of the Hurricane®  Mind-Body Medicine Skills Group Program for over 23 years. He has counseled medical students and residents for his entire career. He was Director of Professional Development and Associate Director of Psychosocial Oncology, the Arizona Cancer Center; former Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry; Director of the Mind-Body Medicine Skills Group Program at the University of Arizona Health Network and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the UMC Medical Center, University of Arizona. He was also the Psychiatric Consultant for the Blood Disorders Clinic at the University and developed a full affiliation with the Reproductive Health Center in Tucson. Dr. Gilbert was the lecturer for the annual Physician Self-Care course to students of the UA College of Medicine. He was a contributing member in psychosocial oncology and mind-body medicine for the Integrative Oncology fellowship and student elective program respectively at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. In 2016 Dr. Gilbert became House Staff Mentor for Residents and Fellows at the UA College of Medicine, and now is a mentor and mental health consultant for the UA College of Veterinary Medicine. He also enjoys his life away from work with his wife, their 5 grown children, their Dalmatian dog, Gordie and in his hobbies as a wildlife artist and docent for the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.




Request An Appointment