Mental Health and Wellness

Mental Health and Wellness

CVM Mental Health and Wellness Program is committed to creating an inclusive, aware and educated community of students, faculty, and staff that values mental health.

We take a whole-person approach to wellness and focus on the long-term success of our students.

The Mary Jane McMillen Crowe Student Success and Wellness Center

The Mary Jane McMillen Crowe Student, Success and Wellness Center manifests our commitment to wellness. Students have access to counselors, wellness professionals, and space to study or relax between classes. It is equipped with exercise equipment, yoga and meditation rooms, and an outdoor area for studying. 

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Connect with our mental health professionals and get the support you need. 

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Mental Health and Wellness Resources

Counseling Services

We believe it is essential to provide veterinary students with available counseling resources to provide support during our three-year program. Counselors on staff offer individuals the opportunity to seek help and get resources or encouragement when needed. 

Wellness Events

Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine students can access regular events organized by our mental health and wellness professionals. These events aim to provide and assist students by providing helpful tools for daily management of stress, anxiety, and mindfulness. 

CAPS Resources

The College of Veterinary Medicine partners with the central University of Arizona campus Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS) to provide our veterinary medical students with robust mental health and wellness support resources. 

Meet Our Mental Health Professionals

Laura Nuñez, MA, LPC

Behavioral Health Counselor 

Laura is a therapist that specializes in treating trauma, anxiety, and depression. Laura earned her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling at Texas State University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso. Laura has worked extensively with under-served communities (i.e., domestic violence survivors, at-risk youth, etc.). Laura also has experience working with people with disabilities as a special education teacher and case manager. Laura is bilingual in English and Spanish. In addition, Laura enjoys playing guitar, making cat toys, spoiling her fur babies, and cooking.

Shawna Chesley-Kroh, MS, LPC

Behavioral Health Counselor

Shawna Chesley-Kroh, LPC, is an Arizona licensed Behavioral Health Counselor who manages group therapy and facilitates workshops and case management. She received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s in Professional Counseling and has experience working at a behavioral health acute hospital, residential treatment center, and private practice. In addition, Shawna is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Question and Persuade and Refer (QPR), a suicide prevention program. With this process, Shawna has supported clients working on trauma, anxiety, and addiction. Specialties include addictions, mood disorders, trauma, suicide prevention, marriage, and couple counseling. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and teenage son.  

Learning Support

We care about your success in our program and beyond. Our team of trained learning specialists is available to support, encourage and prepare our students for success in the classroom and in life.

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You are welcome, whether it's your first time connecting with CAPS or coming back. Let's talk about your concerns and goals and develop a Care Plan together.