Compassion Fatigue: Then and Now

Can you remember back to when you first decided to enter veterinary medicine? For many of us, this profession is a “calling” that began whispering our name way back in our youth. Perhaps you were the type of child who found all the strays in the neighborhood and helped injured wildlife in your back yard. Whenever it began, at some point you made a commitment to be a caregiver to animals.


In the book Compassion Fatigue in the Animal-Care Community, authors Figley and Roop describe five phases of the new helper—that was us back in the beginning, and may even be some of you now. See if you can recall these phases, or identify if you are currently in any of these phases: