Compassion Fatigue and the Veterinary Health Team


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Tools to Help Doctors, Technicians and Staff from Running on Empty

Compassion Fatigue is a very real and significant hurdle, particularly within the veterinary industry. Veterinarians, technicians and staff are consistently called upon to help guide pet owners with the difficult journey through pain and grief, providing support with the emotional decisions regarding their beloved pets.

Dependably providing compassionate care and empathy during the most emotionally trying times often leaves caregivers running on empty. It is not unusual for them to experience physical and emotional exhaustion. This not only negatively affects the personal productivity of the medical staff, but it can also hinder the growth of a veterinary practice.

Compassion Fatigue Lunch & Learn

In a continued mission to provide best-in-class resources to our veterinary partners, Abbey Glen's Hospital Lunch & Learn is currently focusing on all the important issues surrounding Compassion Fatigue. This 1-hour training course is delivered to the entire hospital staff and led by an industry expert. Earning 1.5 NJ CE credits, the session addresses many critical topics, including:

  • Definitions of "Compassion Fatigue"
  • Understanding who is at risk
  • Reviewing symptoms
  • Addressing work support and self-care tips

For more information or to sign up for our Hospital Lunch & Learn Compassion Fatigue training please contact Heather Schwenke directly at
908-448-9897 or