We are a small bureau specialized in compassion fatigue support programs for people working with laboratory animals.
Working in a laboratory animal facility and caring too much can cause mental pain. When animal caregivers focus on the animals and their wellbeing only, without practicing self-care, a variety of symptoms may surface. Emotional problems head a long list of symptoms associated with the secondary traumatic stress disorder now labelled as compassion fatigue. When people are experiencing compassion fatigue it will also stagnate the ability to mature in their profession.
It is well known that people frequently experience feelings of guilt, grief and sadness during the term of a study, and when a study is completed and the animals need to be euthanized. Acknowledging that these feelings exist and providing support is essential. If these emotions are addressed appropriately, people will feel validated and their coping mechanism will be strengthened. Their ability to sustain and to form new bonds will be reinforced. It is very important to provide good guidance to set up a sustainable support program that is suitable and customized for a facility.
We believe that addressing human emotions related to laboratory animal science is so important that we started a specialized bureau for laboratory animal professionals in 2009. We feel that providing the proper tools on how to manage these emotions will help the laboratory animal staff, the research team as well as the animals.