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CVM Vision Statement:

To lead, enable, and inspire others to attain a healthier world for animals and people.

CVM Wellbeing Program Mission:

Through proactive programming, education, and evidence-based initiatives the Wellbeing Program supports and develops the individual and community wellbeing of faculty, staff, and students at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

What is Wellbeing?

The concept of wellbeing grew from the academic fields of social work, clinical psychology, and public health. In understanding the difference between health and wellbeing, health is a state of being, whereas wellbeing is a state of living. The state of your health may be determined by numbers on a medical chart or by a series of test results, but the state of your wellbeing is measured in countless ways and results in the overall quality of your life. The definition of wellbeing used by the National Wellness Institute states:

“Well(being) is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.”

Wellbeing at CVM follows three tenets:

  • Wellbeing is a conscious, self-directed, and evolving process of achieving our full potential.
  • Wellbeing is individual and community-based, multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental, and spiritual wellbeing, and our environments.
  • Wellbeing is positive, affirming, and meets us where we are in our growth process.

Wellbeing Program Director

Makenzie Peterson, MSc
Email: mpeterson@cornell.edu

Assistant to the Director
Mary Beth Mahaney: mem554@cornell.edu

Phone: 607-253-3700 
Location: Schurman Hall S2-013, Ithaca, NY 14853

More Information

Makenzie Peterson works at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as their first Wellbeing Program Director. She provides leadership and strategic guidance for a wide array of curricular and co-curricular programs and initiatives that enhance wellbeing, productivity, satisfaction, and academic and professional success among members of the CVM community. Makenzie develops health education programming for students, staff, and faculty, and speaks on topics such as; mental, emotional, and physical health, stress reduction, suicide prevention, compassion fatigue and burnout, mindfulness and meditation, interpersonal communication, violence prevention, imposter syndrome, growth mindsets and resiliency, alcohol and substance use, and a variety of other health-related topics. She also provides non-clinical counseling and referral services to support the wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff.


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