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Webinar: (2019-09) Compassion in Science: The Benefits of Caring and the IACUC's Role

Laboratory animal professionals may struggle to balance the compassion they feel for the animals in their care with the scientific imperatives that require the use of animals in research. Compassion fatigue (CF)—characterized by deep physical and emotional exhaustion and a pronounced change in the ability to feel empathy—can occur when individuals become overwhelmed by these conflicting emotions. CF can lead to increased illness, high turnover, and low morale in the workplace, negatively impacting the program overall. By encouraging “healthy compassion,” institutional leaders can foster a strong animal welfare program that also optimizes scientific advancements. IACUCs have an important role to play in this effort. Through avenues such as semiannual inspections, training, and advocating for animal caregivers, IACUCs can support programs and tools that build resiliency among laboratory animal professionals. (Presented on September 10, 2019)


  • Definition of compassion fatigue and the significance of the human-animal bond
  • Compassion fatigue and its impact on the animal care and use community: animal caregivers, researchers, IACUC members, and trainers
  • Addressing compassion fatigue on an institutional level, and the IACUC's role in such efforts
What will I learn?
After attending this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Identify the IACUC’s role in fostering and maintaining healthy compassion in an animal care and use program
  • Strategize around developing an institutional compassion in science program
Who should attend?
This webinar is aimed at IACUC staff and members. Other laboratory animal professionals, such as research faculty and staff, animal caregivers, veterinarians, animal use trainers, and other personnel will also benefit from attending.

Continuing Education

Webinar participants holding the Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA®) credential may apply 1.25 continuing education credits towards CPIA recertification. Learn More »

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