Catherine Hagan (Comparative Medicine, UW), “Compassion Fatigue: Working with Animals in Research and Other Settings”
- February 10, 12:00–2:00, Savery 408
Abstract: A critical aspect of animal welfare is taking care of the people who care for animals. This workshop will explore the issue of compassion fatigue and burnout in people working with animals. The primary context to be discussed is people working with animals in research. However, the discussion may touch on other settings, such as captive animals in zoos, or shelter work. This is not a discussion about whether or not it is appropriate for animals to be used in such circumstances. While a discussion of alternatives to animal use is important, this workshop is concerned with the urgency of minimizing animal suffering for those animals being used at this moment. Accordingly, we will focus on exploring ideas and strategies for supporting people whose jobs involve difficult and emotionally demanding aspects of animal care.
Catherine Hagan is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington. She received a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, a D.V.M. from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Washington, Seattle. She completed a residency at UW in laboratory animal medicine and comparative pathology in 2008. She provides pathology support in the UW Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and her research explores stress, serotonin, and brain innate immunity.