PVM Counseling and Wellness Services

The mission of the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS) is to promote academic success, psychological well-being, and healthy relationships in the context of a balanced life experience for all PVM students.

Services are provided by Dr. Colleen Maguire Jackson, an Indiana licensed psychologist and Ms. Catherine Lawhorne, an Indiana licensed mental health counselor.

Services Offered

Purdue Veterinary Medicine's Counseling and Wellness Services are providing telehealth services for Fall 2020 which includes virtual counseling sessions, phone consultations, and crisis services. The following options are available:

Personal Counseling

Personal counseling can provide a safe space where you, assisted by a counselor, can explore, clarify and make desired changes in different areas of your personal life, with increased self-understanding and awareness of what is important for your well-being. Students seek counseling for a wide range of issues, including, but not limited to: adjustment and transitions to the academic program or to the professional world, culture shock, relationship issues, communication skills, identity issues, depression, anxiety, stress management, grief and loss, healing from past trauma, and homesickness. Counseling meetings are typically 50 minutes long.

Academic Counseling

Academic counseling entails individual meetings with a counselor to address issues which directly impact academic or clinical work performance. The counselors will help with time and stress management, improving concentration, strengthening study skills, adjustment to new academic and professional demands, and utilizing your learning style efficiently.

Relationship Counseling

In this context, you and your partner, colleague, or roommate, can meet with a counselor to address issues related to communication, intimacy/closeness, boundary setting, and conflict management. Together you can identify and negotiate your needs and expectations for the relationship and practice new strategies for self-expression, hearing each other’s needs, and connection likely to strengthen the relationship, while supporting your personal growth and well-being.


The academic and professional environment is a social arena which can present with many complex interpersonal issues. Consultation can be useful in helping you identify how to approach someone you are concerned about, how to open up communication about a difficult subject or in an intimidating context, conflict resolution, or just to check-in for self-assurance and validation. The counselors are available for consultation for students and faculty.

Office Hours and Appointments

Please note that phone ringers are turned off during sessions, so the best way to reach us to schedule an appointment is by sending an email to pvmwellbeing@purdue.edu. Please include your availability (days and times). Please do not email confidential material. 

Dr. Maguire Jackson

office: LYNN 1245.

  • Mon: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tues: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wed: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Thurs: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Fri: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Catherine Lawhorne

office: LYNN G158E (across from G167)

  • Wed: 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Thurs: 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Canceling an Appointment (24-hour notice is requested)

If you cannot make your appointment, please let us know so we can make your appointment available to another student who may be waiting for services. Emailing us at pvmwellbeing@purdue.edu is the best way to contact us.

Urgent Mental Health Needs and Emergencies

If you have an urgent mental health need and are unable to contact a counselor at CWS, please do one of the following:

During regular business hours:

  • For life-threatening emergencies always immediately CALL 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.

  • For situations that are not life-threatening: Call Purdue's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at (765) 494-6995 or go directly to their offices at PUSH (2nd floor) to see an on-call therapist during regular business hours between 8 AM to 5 PM.

After regular business hours, weekends, and holidays:


Additional Links

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