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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 wellnessIn 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
  • YOU MATTER sessions offer an open/safe space for dialog and sharing. Faculty and staff are encouraged to join separate sessions, not attended by college leadership, on alternating Fridays with the College Town Halls. Topics include with coping with compassion fatigue; balancing workload and non-work responsibilities; and navigating conflict and polarization. Staff sessions are held on the first Friday and faculty sessions are on the third Friday of each month. Members of the college leadership team do not attend these sessions. 
  • Weekly fitness classes, including bootcamp, yoga, tai chi and sunrise cycling
  • Snack Switch Fridays, a popular event that allows faculty, staff and students to swap out their unhealthy snack for a healthier choice
  • Seasonal programming meant to engage faculty, staff and students in wellbeing activities 
  • A Be Well book club

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