301 – Working on Empty: What to do when Compassion Fatigue Replaces Compassion Satisfaction in Your Work
Sunday, June 11
9:00am – 12:00pm
Presented by: Kathy Keil, DVM
Compassion fatigue refers to the profound, gradual physical and emotional exhaustion that helping professionals, such as those caring for animals, may develop over the course of their working career. It has deep repercussions and has been associated with burnout, career changes, addiction, depression and suicide ideation in veterinarians, animal health technicians and others who work with animals. This workshop aims to help participants understand the contributing factors of compassion fatigue, learn a checklist of signs and symptoms to watch for, assess their own level of compassion fatigue, and discover and practice antidotes to compassion fatigue. Participants will design their own personal self-care plan and prevention toolkit that will reflect their own work environment, personal and life circumstances.
About the Presenter:
Kathy Keil has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College, and a M.A. and B.A. in Experimental Psychology from University of Western Ontario. Most recently, she was the research lead on a University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine project to explore communication patterns between veterinary staff and pet owners during nutritional consultations of their overweight and obese pets. Kathy has experience in equine, bovine and companion animal practice. She has 14 years of business experience in the veterinary
pharmaceutical industry in technical services, management and organizational development. She is a
yoga instructor and teaches awareness of mental health and ways of dealing with bullying, stress, and
compassion fatigue in veterinary practice. Kathy has a wonderful non-veterinary minded husband who dearly
loves their three cats and somewhat tolerates her dressage horse. Kathy spends a lot of time outside in
nature with her horse Remi and with her husband, Tom on mountain biking excursions.
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