human mental health

No matter the reason you chose a career in biomedical research – whether you were for or against it in principal – the suffering you may have witnessed in the laboratory took a toll on you. It is important for your mental health that you acknowledge the impact and take it seriously. Work in a primate laboratory is unlike any other profession, and comes with its own unique concerns and stressors; unfortunately, most compassion fatigue resources are aimed at caregivers who work with human patients and dogs and cats in animal shelters.

Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project

Professional Quality of Life Elements Theory and Measurement

Trapped in a guilt cage. Arnold Arluke. New Scientist 134:33-35 [1992].

The four phases. Douglas Fakkema

Choosing the difficult. Lauren Glickman. Animal Sheltering, Jan/Feb 2013:22-23.

Compassion fatigue in the animal-care community. Charles R. Figley. Humane Society Press [2006].

Euthanasia-related strain and coping strategies in shelter employees. Benjamin E. Baran et al. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 235(1):83-88 [2009].

The caring-killing paradox: euthanasia-related strain among animal-shelter workers. Charlie L. Reeve, et al. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 359(1):119-143 [2005].

Employee reactions and adjustment to euthanasia-related work: identifying turning-point events through retrospective narratives. Charlie L. Reeve, et al. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 7(1):1–25 [2004].

Human-animal bonds in the laboratory: how animal behavior affects the perspective of caregivers. Fon Chang and Lynette Hard. ILAR Journal 43(1):10-18 [2002].