Compassion Fatigue - Part I

Tuesday, March 20
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Location: Morrow

This two-part session will review compassion fatigue and discuss it's impact on an animal care and use program. During part I of this session, speakers and attendees will:

Thamires C.P. Nunes, BS, CVT, RLAT

Research Associate II
Charles River Laboratories

My name is Thamires Nunes! I’m a fairly recent college graduate (Class of 2016) with a B.S. In Veterinary Science with a Pre-Veterinary Concentration with a minor in Global Citizenship and I now am a Research Associate II at Charles River Laboratories in Worcester, MA in the In Vivo PK/PD Dep't. I stumbled into the research world while exploring different career paths in college (my original goal being veterinary school) and I haven't looked back ever since. While it was a tough adjustment coming from private practice to research, the feeling that I am there to cuddle and bond with each one of my laboratory animals no matter how big or small gives me assurance that I made the right choice. As a leader in my community, I have become LAT and CVT certified and I hold a board position on the New England Branch of AALAS (NEBLAAS). With all my free time I still hold a part time position in a small animal practice and help at our family owned local pizza shop. I owe my love of veterinary medicine & research to my feline companion, Jovi, who sent me off on this wonderful path of working with animals.


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Andreanna Pavan, BS, RVT

Staff Training and Development Coordination, Office of Research, University Laboratory Animal Resources
The Ohio State University

Andreanna Pavan, B.S & RVT, is a Staff Trainer and Development Coordinator for ULAR at the Ohio State University (OSU). She began working with ULAR as in 2012 after graduating from OSU. She provides training for research staff via the laboratory animal technique classes and offers technical support upon request. She has experience with a wide variety of species, but has a special interest in laboratory animal welfare and employee wellness. Her interest in employee wellness motivated her to continue her education through a Master’s in Public Health. Her culminating project has dealt with burnout and compassion fatigue in lab animal workers. She developed a burnout and compassion fatigue awareness survey and sent it to all employees at her organization. Data she gathered was analyzed to obtain a better understanding of her coworker’s knowledge of burnout and compassion fatigue, its risks, and ideas on how to better prevent it in the animal facilities.


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J. Preston Van Hooser, BS

Review Scientist; Compliance Manager, Office of Animal Welfare
University of Washington

J. Preston Van Hooser, BS, is a Review Scientist and Compliance Manager in the Office of Animal Welfare at the University of Washington (UW). For the past fifteen years, Preston has worked in this role to protect the integrity and excellence of vertebrate animal research and teaching and in more recent years, with regards to the subject matter being presented, has overseen the successful development and implementation of the UWs first Compassion Fatigue (CF) Program where he currently serves as Chair. Preston feels that it's important to move one-step further on the topic of compassion fatigue in order to provide laboratory animal professionals with necessary tools and strategies to help reduce compassion fatigue.

Preston began his research career in 1991 (UW Department of Ophthalmology) where his research efforts led to numerous professional publications and the restoration of sight in a mouse model of Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), a rare inherited eye disease that appears early in life. He currently serves on multiple boards, including NWABR, is a member of several professional organizations, including AALAS and PRIM&R, and is President & CEO of InVision BioResources, a Seattle based company that provides incidental ocular tissues to the vision research community, globally.


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