Health & Wellness

MSU CVM Counseling Services

A woman poses with a clipboard in front of a horse and several studentsMSU CVM has a proud tradition of attracting the best and the brightest that each generation has to offer.  Our students are the top 10% of a large applicant pool.  They arrive full of excitement and passion; however, long days that extend into long nights can contribute to exhaustion which in turn makes learning, skill acquisition, problem solving (cognitively, emotionally, and socially) and emotional regulation difficult for anyone. 

Access to psychological services dedicated to the unique needs of a professional medical school, allows for expedient access to resources to help deal with the day-to-day stressors of veterinary medicine.  Lack of access to services can contribute to overwhelming depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation that can lead to a premature exit from this career field. 

MSU CVM is committed to ensuring that our students have the opportunities to acquire the necessary skill sets needed to manage the inherent stressors of this profession so that they can live a long and healthy life in this exciting and rewarding career field.

Student Resources


Pauline Prince, PhD, ABN

Pauline Prince professional portrait

MSU CVM Clinical Psychologist Pauline Prince offers a comprehensive service model for all at MSU CVM. This model includes:

  • Evidence-based learning and teaching
  • Collaborative decision making
  • Therapeutic intervention
  • Disability services
  • Professional consultation
  • Crisis prevention and intervention
  • Trauma response

A board-certified neuropsychologist with nearly 30 years of experience working with students, Dr. Prince is committed to meeting the clinical and learning needs of MSU CVM students, faculty and staff.  She specializes in providing therapeutic counseling services to those who have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression and can help them develop strategies to meet their individual needs to manage academics, as well as life stressors. In her work with students and school faculty and staff, Dr. Prince has served on trauma teams and participated in crisis response after student death from suicide, vehicle accidents, and other forms of trauma.  She has also coordinated resources and staff to effectively respond to traumatic events.  In addition, Dr. Prince has experience in working with students who self-harm, experience panic attacks, and develop health-related issues as a result of chronic stress. 

Transitions are difficult, the training and academic demands on veterinary students can be intense, and the work life of veterinarians can be extremely stressful, so Dr. Prince is a much-appreciated resource for the CVM family.

Read Why See a Psychologist to learn a few of the many benefits of seeing a psychologist!

Dr. Prince may be reached at (662) 325-1125 or pjp40@msstate.edu.


In addition to having a full-time clinical psychologist on staff, the College also offers:

  • Peer tutoring
  • Faculty advisors
  • Big Sib

Click below for more info regarding:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline Banner

 

Crisis Text Line Banner


Additional resources available to all MSU students:

Longest Student Health Center

University Health Services aims to meet the needs of all students in an effort to impact their health holistically. The Longest Student Health Center on the MSU Campus offers general health care to all Mississippi State University students. Students are not charged for office visits and any additional charges may be filed with their health insurance provider.

The Center offers an allergy clinic, routine physical exams, laboratory work, physical therapy, travel vaccinations, x-rays and nutrition consultations.

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Sanderson Center

The Joe Frank Sanderson Center is Mississippi State’s state-of-the-art recreational facility. Providing 150,000 square feet of recreation areas, it is one of the most popular student areas on campus. The Sanderson Center offers 2 gymnasia, 1/8-mile jogging track, 8 racquetball courts, an indoor swimming pool, a strength and conditioning room, rock climbing wall, locker rooms, a variety of classes and services, and much more to help students stay active.

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