Weekly Community Conversations (National Call) - Decision Fatigue, Compassion Fatigue & Ethical Fati

When:  Aug 29, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  Animal Welfare Professionals

Join us on Monday 8/29/22 at 11am PT for this important discussion! Our topic for this call is: Fatigue in all its Flavors - Decision fatigue, Compassion fatigue, & Ethical/Moral Fatigue

Compassion fatigue is a hot topic in the veterinary world, but Dr. Taylor Miller feels it falls short in explaining the career fatigue rampant in our profession. Or rather, it may represent a kind of end-stage fatigue. If this is the case, we need to intervene, recognize, and address all the stages and manifestations of fatigue that precede it. This presentation discusses and differentiates between ethical or moral fatigue, decision fatigue, and compassion fatigue to round out our understanding of these factors that so impact our mental health. By increasing awareness and providing more nuanced metrics for self-monitoring, fatigue can be addressed more effectively and efficiently.

About Not One More Vet (nomv.org)
NOMV addresses wellbeing in veterinary medicine through multiple innovative and inclusive pathways including: evidence-based peer support; comprehensive programs providing leadership focused on wellness; grant programs providing financial support for individuals and clinics experiencing crisis; mentorship and best practices programs addressing mental health from educational institutions to the workplace; raising awareness of the status of mental health in the profession; and research to further the advancement of wellness, mental health, and the reduction of suicide in veterinary professionals.

About These Calls:
Maddie’s Fund, in concert with American Pets Alive!, hosts a weekly hour-long Zoom call for animal well-being professionals. These calls are a collaborative space to share exciting new programs and research, discuss uncomfortable topics, connect with peers in the industry, and more, all while sharing a common goal of preserving the human-animal bond.

This call, recurring each Monday unless otherwise posted, is for executive directors, animal well-being leaders, shelter workers, pet support professionals, volunteers, and rescue organizations.

You need only register once to attend each recurring meeting. By registering for this event, your email address will be automatically added to the American Pets Alive! newsletter mailing list. This newsletter will be where weekly meeting agendas and announcements are shared. We do not share your information.

All calls are recorded and uploaded to the Community Conversations page on Maddie’s Pet Forum https://forum.maddiesfund.org/communityconversations

Please note: All views expressed on these calls are not necessarily endorsed by Maddie’s Fund.



12-22-2022 11:32 PM

Today’s animal welfare and veterinary medical professionals are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for animals, people, and the organizations that heal, connect, and protect them. If that’s you, it’s easy to feel like nothing you do is ever good enough. The work feels never-ending. Taking care of your own needs might seem impossible.

Transforming empathic distress (aka compassion fatigue) is absolutely possible for you and your staff. That’s why the Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida is once again offering its Compassion Fatigue Strategies online course with certified compassion fatigue educator Jessica Dolce.

Register: https://sheltermedicine.vetmed.ufl.edu/education/continuing-education/compassion-fatigue-strategies/ 

This course will help you recognize signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious trauma, learn how to reduce stress injury, increase your self-care and team-care practices, build compassion satisfaction, restore resiliency, and make successful changes in your life and in your organization.

Here’s What You’ll Get:

  • The 6 Question Process (you’ll learn six strategies that research has shown reduces and transforms compassion fatigue-related stress)
  • All lessons available on day one, 100% online, learn at your own pace
  • Four Modules with videos, integration activities, & readings
  • Daily support and community on discussion boards
  • Four live calls with Jessica Dolce, including a session on Stress First Aid skills
  • One recorded call with Ellen Dolce, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • 15 Continuing Education Credits


The course begins February 6, 2023 and runs through April 2, 2023. Students will also get together for 4 live calls to practice stress reduction and mindfulness techniques – this is like 4 hours of self-care, built right into the class. Plus, we talk about what we’re learning and experiencing on the discussion boards – so there’s daily support from Jessica! Calls will be recorded and shared for those unable to attend the live sessions.


Registration for this course is completed via the University of Florida’s Distance Learning department using the “Quick Registration” platform. Early Registration Fee: $200 through 12/31/22. Regular Registration Fee: $299 beginning 1/1/23. This course has a limited enrollment class size and may be filled prior to the course start date.

Continuing Professional Education Credits

This course is eligible for 15 credits of continuing professional education for veterinarians in Florida. Veterinarians from other states should contact their licensing board for guidance. The course has been approved for 15 hours of continuing professional education by Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA), and National Animal Control Association (NACA). Participants may download a Certificate of Completion after completing all course requirements.

08-29-2022 03:46 PM

The recording is now available to watch on-demand! Watch the replay, access the resources shared and ask any questions to our presenter here: https://maddies.fund/communityconversations82922
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When:  Aug 29, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  Animal Welfare Professionals


Online Instructions:
Url: http://maddies.fund/communityconversations82922
Login: The recording of this call is now available to watch on-demand! Use the link above to watch the recording and ask questions to the presenters.