Utah State University

Wellness Specialist for the College of Veterinary Medicine

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 7 days ago(5/11/2024 6:52 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Student Programs & Services
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
100% Time
Student Affairs
Advertised Salary
$60,000 - $65,000; commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


Utah State University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS; https://www.usu.edu/aggiewellness/mental-health) and the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM; https://vetmed.usu.edu) are seeking a Wellness Specialist for the CVM. The position will be housed at a CAPS Satellite Office located in the CVM. The Wellness Specialist will maintain dual reporting lines to CAPS Director (primary supervisor) and the CVM Associate Dean for Academic Programs. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who thrives in a collegial work environment that values collaboration, inclusion, and trust. This a full-time, benefited, 12-month position on the USU-Logan campus.


The Wellness Specialist provides counseling (consultation, intake, and therapy) for veterinary students, crisis assessments and interventions, and outreach programming on mental health and well-being. The position will be student-centered with program development initially and as the student population grows, it will become heavier on providing clinical services. The position will involve the implementation of outreach programming centered around student success, and a sense of belonging and community within the college. This position offers multiple opportunities for professional development in outreach programming.


Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.


Clinical services (40%):
Provide individual and group counseling for students in the college (both face-to-face and teletherapy), clinical consultation (triage appointment), intake, assessment, and crisis interventions. Conduct drop-in hours for CVM students. Prepare for sessions and maintain accurate and up-to-date records of clinical services.


Outreach services (35%):
Design and implement outreach and prevention programming to students, staff, and faculty focused on topics such as study skills, stress management, test anxiety, conflict management and effective communication strategies. Assist in planning student orientation activities in the CVM.

Other professional responsibilities (25%):
Other essential duties include: 1) providing input in the development and implementation of the new curriculum, especially concerning student mental health and well-being; 2) providing instructional support in the professional skills courses in the DVM degree curriculum; 3) effectively participate in administrative and professional activities (e.g., CAPS staff and division meetings/trainings, conferences, peer consultations, professional development, etc.); and 4) serve on college and university committees when applicable. The qualified applicant will have the option to engage in scientific research.


The individual is expected to foster excellent working relationships with co-workers; increase knowledge, develop new skills or abilities that contribute to effective service provision; practice all responsibilities in accordance with ethical and professional standards and state laws; understand and comply with CAPS and University policies and procedures; and fulfill all other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • For hire as a Clinician I:
    • Master’s degree from an accredited social work, counseling, or other mental health-related program, and a clinical license to practice under supervision in Utah (e.g., CSW, ACMHC, AMFT, Psychology Resident).
  • For hire as a Clinician II:
    • Master’s degree from an accredited social work, counseling, or other mental health-related program, and a clinical license to practice independently in Utah (e.g., LCSW, CMHC, LMFT).
    • OR a doctoral degree in clinical, counseling, or combined psychology from an APA-accredited doctoral program, and a clinical license to practice under supervision in Utah (i.e., Psychology Resident).
  • For all levels:
    • Generalist base of knowledge and experience in psychotherapy (including teletherapy), (i.e., theories, processes, and elements of therapeutic change) and familiarity with developmental and other non-medical models of treatment and supervision.
    • Experience in a university counseling setting and/or experience in areas related to the mental health needs of a diverse college population (e.g., eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, personality disorders).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Full licensure in the state of Utah
  • Experience in providing psychoeducational workshops relevant to the campus community.
  • Experience with teaching and program development.
  • Experience in providing supervision.
  • Awareness of and respect for cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status, and an ability to consider these factors when working with members of such groups.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Skills with technology.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work and coordinate with CAPS clinicians and to work effectively as an independent and self-motivated, professional staff member.
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking, community, organizational, problem-solving, decision-making skills, and a commitment to lifelong learning and personal growth.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV"
  2. Name and contact information for 3 professional references to be entered into Candidate Profile
  3. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

$60,000 - $65,000; commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

About the College of Veterinary Medicine:
Currently, the USU CVM participates in a "2+2" program with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University and the broader Washington – Idaho – Montana – Utah (WIMU) Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine that provides instruction to 30 students in each class cohort. However, in 2022, the State of Utah approved the establishment of a full 4-year DVM degree program at USU with the goal of admitting its inaugural class of 40 students in the fall of 2025 and supporting a class size of 80 veterinary students in subsequent years.


About Counseling and Psychological Services:
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is part of USU's Division of Student Affairs. CAPS has been accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS) since 1996. Our mid-size team is composed of professionals from psychology and social work, and we have robust training programs, including a doctoral internship accredited by the American Psychological Association and practicums in clinical/counseling psychology and social work.
CAPS offers a range of services, including individual and group therapy, assessment, crisis appointments, case management, and outreach presentations.

We strive to create an inclusive environment and provide culturally responsive services for everyone. As a staff, we value clear, respectful, and compassionate communication. Warm collegial relationships exist on a strong foundation of respect and openness. We appreciate individual differences and opportunities to learn from each other. Life-long learning, self-reflection, and openness to feedback are some of the shared values. Changes are embraced and everyone’s input matters. With an open-door policy, we often consult with each other or just talk for fun between sessions. We work hard; at the same time, work-life balance is very important to all of us.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant, public service university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion, empowering people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. Utah State provides high-quality education to 27,500-plus students locations throughout the state, including at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online educates students from all 50 states and 55 countries. For over 25 years, USU Extension has served and engaged Utahns in all of Utah’s counties. As an R1 research institution, Utah State is dedicated to advancing knowledge through research and scholarly activities, providing a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price.


Utah State is committed to cultivating a community of inclusive excellence where all perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Forbes recognized our commitment to employees when they named Utah State the best employer in Utah in 2023. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 04/2024

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

*updated 09/2023


Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed