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How are you? Take Care to Give Care
Do you feel overwhelmed, tired, anxious, and frustrated? Do you take work home, feel uncertain or worried?

Register for the online seminar and get tools to help you!

Identify compassion / carer fatigue
Create your own self-care plan
Create healthy boundaries
Pump the brakes when you are stressed
Practice self-compassion
Create new healthy habits & access exercises

12-13 September 2020

How are you? Providing care for animals brings many joys and positive experiences, but can also leave you emotionally drained or numb by negative experiences. Animal caregivers, curators, veterinarians, researchers, and other animal welfare staff, often have high levels of compassion, empathy, and drive to care for others and affect change.

This seminar provides you with a theoretical and practical overview of strategies related to compassion awareness, including preventing and addressing compassion fatigue, and enhancing compassion satisfaction and resilience.

We will be drawing on experiences and research literature, and include a wide variety of practical activities and tools for you, including resources for you to take home.


Location & Access & Materials

Seminar online via Zoom
Access to the recordings for 7 days
Downloadable seminar materials
Bonus access to the Practical Animal Welfare platform for 7 days


DOWNLOAD the draft program
All times in CET


Register HERE
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Lynette Hart is Professor of Human-Animal Interactions and Animal Behavior at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she teaches courses, leads research, fosters collaborative projects, and mentors students. She completed a PhD at Rutgers University in animal behavior and after arriving at UC Davis spearheaded data-based studies in the newly developing field of human-animal interactions, publishing well over 100 papers.

From the early 1980s this work has particularly focused on assistance dogs, special relationships of various groups with dogs or cats, and the complexities of pet loss and euthanasia. She focuses on the unique relationships that veterinary and human health professionals have in their partnerships with animals. She is a founding member and fellow of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) and was selected as its first distinguished anthrozoologist in 2017.

Together with Thompson-Iritani DVM/PhD & Sabrina Brando she is editing a special issue on "Occupational Stress and Joy of Animal Care Professionals in Zoos, Sanctuaries, Shelters and Laboratory Animal Facilities"
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Patricia Smith is the Founder of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project. As a certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist, she has been writing, speaking and presenting trainings on the subject for the past 20 years with a focus on animal welfare professionals. As the training and development manager for Humane Society Silicon Valley, she created a shelter-wide program that led to training nationwide for American Humane.

As a consultant for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in New York, she assisted in creating and rolling out a nationwide compassion fatigue program for their 800-plus employees. With a background in journalism, she has written several books on compassion fatigue including the award-winning To Weep for a Stranger: Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving.

Her latest book Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout Handling in Veterinary Practice is scheduled for publication in September 2019. Additionally, Patricia is a Helen R. Whiteley Scholar and has twice been awarded writing scholarships sponsored by the University of Washington, Seattle. In September 2016, Patricia presented a TEDx talk entitled Navigating the Path to Wellness: Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving. To view the talk, click HERE.
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Jessica Dolce MS CCFE, is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, receiving her training through The Figley Institute and Tend Academy. She brings almost twenty years of experience working with and for companion animals to her classes, coaching, and signature offers The Compassionate Badassery Lab and The Compassion in Balance Program.

Jessica is an adjunct faculty member at The Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and has worked with organizations such as the ASPCA, Maine Medical Center, Humane Canada, Best Friends Animal Society, and the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants.

She holds a Master of Science in Adult and Higher Education degree and certificates in stress management, mindfulness facilitation, and positive psychology coaching. Jessica lives in Maine and can be found online HERE.
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Kelli Inglis has been a zoo keeper and animal trainer since 2012, working at various zoos implementing husbandry training to help improve the welfare of the animals in her care.

Experiencing compassion fatigue herself, Kelli has found a passion in creating awareness of compassion fatigue in the zoo world, to help others on their own path to wellness.

In February 2020 she presented on the subject at the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators conference. Her goal is to spread the message that animal carers’ welfare is as important as the welfare of the animals in their care.
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Sabrina Brando MSc CCFE, PhD Candidate, is a psychologist and a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, with additional training in grief, loss, psychological first aid, workplace AVMA Wellbeing Certificate Program.

She has presented on the topic of How Are You? regarding zoo professionals, at conferences and webinars, and it currently a PhD Candidate on the topic of human wellbeing in zoos and aquariums with the University of Stirling, Scotland.

Sabrina Brando is the director of AnimalConcepts and the Practical Animal Welfare Science platform. She is a Research Associate with the Smithsonian Institution, manages 24/7 Animal Welfare and is the Primate Care Training Program Coordinator for the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance. She also is a Level 1 Instructor for international charity ‘The Shape of Enrichment’. She has worked in and with the global zoo and wildlife profession, including zoos, aquariums, wildlife centres and sanctuaries for 28 years. Sabrina has a BSc in psychology and an MSc in animal studies.
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Anna Blinkowski is the zoological director at Skånes Djurpark in Sweden and has been working in the zoo community in various roles for more than 20 years.

She has a Master Degree in Applied Biology and in her role at the park her passion lies in the human - animal connection and in creating a platform for healing together with animals and nature where the wellness of keepers, animals and guests go hand in hand.