House Officer Well-being

On the left, one female veterinarian examining a brown horse; on the right, two female veterinarians in teal scrubs outside on the grass with a black fuzzy dog

You help Cornell provide extraordinary care to thousands of animals each year. However, balancing the needs of patients, clients and your team is a challenge, and can have effects on your well-being.

Please take a look at some of the previous well-being recordings and watch for upcoming events. Feel free to reach out to the CVM Well-being Committee with any feedback or suggestions at Here are a few additional ways to safeguard your well-being.

Mental health

For emergencies or urgent concerns, call 911 or the Cornell Police at 607-255-1111.

Reach out to CUHA or the CVM Well-being Committee

  • You can always reach out to the people around you at CUHA for assistance. As a starting point, we recommend considering your resident advisor, service or section chief, hospital director or department chair. Not sure whom to contact? Here is a list of directors by specialty who can help (Note: To view this document, you must log in with your Cornell NetID). Other faculty who are trained and available to speak include: Drs. Jonathan Cheetham (jc485), Julia Felippe (mbf6) and James Morrisey (jkm27). If you aren’t sure the best person to approach, any of these contacts are a good starting point for advice.
  • Members of the CVM Well-being Committee are residents and other employees at CUHA. You are welcome to reach out to them with any questions or concerns you have.
  • Reach out to the CVM Human Resources team: Mary Beth Jordan (mej4) or Katie Ehemann (ke262)

Concerned about your well-being or that of a coworker?

Contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) and/or your HR representative to receive guidance. FSAP is now able to see non-urgent clients within a week and will make time for those with more urgent concerns. In addition, employees have a supplemental mental health benefit that allows for three free visits that goes through confidential counseling services and this is from a national vendor. FSAP and ENI sessions are free of charge to all benefits eligible employees.

The HR Services & Transitions Center at is a good place to start with any questions about medical insurance coverage. Other questions related to mental health supports can be directed to FSAP or sent more generally to

Cornell has a variety of confidential services on their SHARE site.

Concerned about the well-being of a student?

Contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Counselors are available to assist faculty and staff members regarding students in distress. You can call for a consultation at 607-255-5155.

Additional hotlines

Ithaca/Tompkins County hotlines (24/7):

National hotlines (24/7):

National and other text/chat services (24/7): 

Help for you and your clients on pet loss

Financial planning

Articles, podcasts and other resources

General well-being information for house officers

Mental well-being

Cornell and CVM Resources

Counseling, Life Coaching, and Support

Meditation and Relaxation

Self- Care

External Resources

Relationship well-being

Physical well-being

Cultural well-being

Cornell and CVM Resources

Support for Diverse Communities

  • Colleague Network Groups (CNGs) offer a way for traditionally underrepresented minorities and their allies to find support, both at Cornell and beyond. The CNGs enhance our community culture by providing engaging programs for Cornell faculty and staff. 
    • Men of Color Colleague Network Group
    • Women of Color Colleague Network Group
    • LGBTQ+ Colleague Network Group
    • Veteran Colleague Network Group
    • Disability Colleague Network Group
    • New Hire Colleague Network Group
    • Tompkins Connect: Young Professionals Colleague Network Group

Continuing Education


External Resources

Environmental well-being

Cornell and CVM Resources

External Resources

Occupational well-being

Cornell and CVM Resources

External Resources

Financial well-being

Cornell and CVM Resources

External Resources