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