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Wellbeing Initiative

Be Well is The Ohio State University College of Veterinary of Medicine’s comprehensive and integrated health and wellbeing initiative for students, staff and faculty. 

dimensions of wellbeing graphic, including icons for emotional, career, social, spiritual, physical, financial, intellectual, creative and environmental wellnessRead our February 2022 Viewpoint in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association to learn how the college is changing our culture using Be Well, a comprehensive and integrated approach to promote health and well-being. Or, check out how the college is using MINDSTRONG to encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors of veterinary medicine students in  a Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association Special Report

In alignment with our Be The Model® strategic plan, and in partnership with Ohio State’s Buckeye Wellness team, the program incorporates evidence-based approaches, outcome assessments, and programming specific to academic and healthcare professionals and veterinary students.

According to Rustin Moore, DVM, PhD, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, “Although physical ’wellness’ is a crucial component of the CVM’s new health and wellbeing initiative, ‘wellbeing’ is holistic and also includes emotional, social, spiritual, financial, intellectual, career and environmental wellbeing. Data shows that both the veterinary profession and our College of Veterinary Medicine has much work to do with regard to improving our wellbeing.”


Throughout the year, Be Well offers programming addressing the nine Dimensions of Wellness, including:

  • Health Athlete Training, a program that highlights ways faculty, staff and students can refocus and reenergize their personal and professional life
  • MINDSTRONG, an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral skills building program with a goal of improving resiliency and self-protective factors for the overall wellbeing of students, staff and faculty
  • Seasonal programming meant to engage faculty, staff and students in wellbeing activities 
  • A Be Well book club

Campus Walking Maps

The Health and Wellbeing Committee has put together three walking routes near our campus. There are two 10-minute, 20-minute and 30-minute walking routes mapped out. Grab a friend and try one of these paths!

10 minute walking path    
20 minute walking path
30 minute walking path



Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to promoting a culture of wellbeing and inclusivity through counseling, consultation, and education that supports our students in their pursuit of academic and personal development, empowering them to become successful members of the veterinary community and beyond. The Office of Counseling and Consultation is available to all students for their counseling, consultation and crisis intervention needs. College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and staff, including residents and interns, should access counseling services through Ohio State's Employee Assistance Program.

If you are in crisis and are in need of immediate help, please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room.  Learn more about available Crisis Services