SAVE THE DATE Feb 22 & 23 – Compassion Fatigue Seminars

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Compassion Fatigue


Supporting those involved in animal welfare, rescue and rehabilitation is a top priority for us. An often overlooked component in the vital work of saving animals, is the emotional toll it takes on those who sacrifice so much to improve the lives of animals in their care. And the impact can be devastating. Research indicates veterinarians have the highest suicide rates among caring professionals, and the burn out rate for animal welfare/rescue professionals is among the highest.

If you are involved in the care of animals, at any level, this seminar is for you. Join us on February 22 or 23 at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford to find ways to identify signs of compassion fatigue in you and others, and ways you can deal with the impact it has on your life.

Feb.22 (7 – 9:00pm) $35
Recognizing Compassion Fatigue in Veterinary Work:
Everyday strategies for building stronger veterinary teams


Veterinary work can be very rewarding and personally fulfilling. However, witnessing tragic cases, coping with multiple losses, and often having little time to debrief and regroup can really take a dramatic toll on team members. High staff turnover, tense staff interactions, and even treatment errors can result when compassion fatigue is not addressed.

This important two hour interactive seminar will look at:

● Vicarious traumatization; compassion fatigue; and emotional ‘burnout’ in the veterinary setting. What are these things? Why is this so important to learn about?

● You will learn how to prevent problems by:
-Recognizing stress and trauma symptoms in yourself and coworkers
-Learning ways to deal with the grief, stress and anxieties that are common in veterinary medicine

● There will be some small group activities, we will explore further resources available to you, and you will get an extensive handout package.

Feb.23 (12:00 – 3:00) Lunch included $50
Caring for the Caregivers:
Compassion Fatigue in Animal Rescue Work


We dedicate so much time and energy to care for animals in need, that we often forget to stop and look at how this work affects us and the toll that it can take. This interactive seminar is about learning to recognize signs of compassion fatigue and burnout, and exploring what you can do to recharge and find balance in this important, challenging work.

This important three hour interactive seminar will look at:

● stories in the news and how rescue work can profoundly impact the rescuers
● compassion fatigue in day to day rescue work
● signs and symptoms to look out for- overview
● what helps- self care ideas and finding balance in this work
● explore the obstacles and ways we manage to avoid and put off self care
● end with a small group exercise- what would an ideal shelter or rescue organization look like? If we want to minimize compassion fatigue, and really take care of the caregivers/rescuers, what might be different?


Laurel Horn is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. She started Daybreak Counselling Services in 2001 to offer specialized support to animal owners faced with difficult treatment decisions and/or the death of a pet. Laurel has worked extensively with local veterinary teams and more recently with the animal rescue community supporting the compassion fatigue, stress, and grief inherent in this work. Laurel is based out of Langley, BC.

Registration opens January 15, 2014. If would would like to make sure you don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity, email Kathy to be added to our distribution list.


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