Working as an animal care professional can be a highly rewarding and satisfying occupation. It can also, at times, be stressful. Compassion fatigue is a stress related condition which affects professionals whose primary role is that of helping others. Working with aggressive and anxious dogs, exposure to cases of neglect or abuse together with consoling traumatised or stressed owners can place professionals at risk of compassion fatigue. In this workshop, attendees will learn the symptoms of compassion fatigue and will be guided through evidence-based strategies known to prevent and manage the condition.

At the end of the workshop, attendees will:

  • Understand why animal care professionals are at risk of compassion fatigue
  • Be able to identify symptoms of compassion fatigue
  • Explore individual and situational risk factors of compassion fatigue
  • Learn and apply coping strategies in relation to compassion fatigue