Subscribe To My Newsletter

Looking for free resources and comprehensive training for your organization?


Visit The Compassion in Balance Program!



Podcasts with Jessica:


Videos + Webinars by Jessica:

2022 Maddie's Fund Community Conversations on Debriefing

2022 Animals Asia Veterinary Resilience Series with Chinese translations of videos and PDFs

2021 Practicing Compassionate Badassery: Shifting from Self-Care to We-Care 13 Minute Talk + Resources

2021 Grey Muzzle Organization: Compassion Fatigue for Senior Pet Caregivers

2021 Two Green Threads: Learning to Surf the Waves of Stress

2020 Coping with COVID-19 Webinar and Resources for Animal Welfare Professionals

2018 IAABC Behavior Live!: a fun 30 minute Facebook Live interview about compassion fatigue

2017 IDA: Write to Resilience Webinar (using journal writing to increase compassion resilience)


Articles by Jessica:

HumanePro: Adopters Welcome: The mind-body connection ‚Äď How organizations and individuals can lay the groundwork for an open adoptions approach

Animal Culture Magazine: The 7 Rs of Reducing Compassion Fatigue (handout coming soon)

Want to be a CF Educator or hire one? Read this: Compassion Fatigue Education Mental Health Model

IAABC Journal: Expressive Writing for Resilience in Animal Care Professions

HeARTs Speak: Self-Care Tips and Where Do Your Stories Go?

Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Science: In Their Own Words: What Qualitative Analysis of Online Discussions with Students Reveals about Their Experiences with Compassion Fatigue in Shelter Medicine



Helpful Sites:

Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project

TEND Academy



Compassion Fatigue Resources For Animal Caregivers:

AVMA’s Wellness Resources

Humane Society for Shelter Pets resources

HSUS Animal Sheltering articles by Lauren Glickman

Compassion Fatigue¬†‚Ästa primer by Enid Traisman, DoveLewis

VetGirl webinar: Suicide in Veterinary Medicine 

SAVE: U of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (hotline assistance available to all animal care + welfare professionals)

In Defense of Animals Council of Sustainable Activism

Dr. Michele Gaspar: Healing the Wounded Healer

DVM360 Burden of Care

NOMV (Not One More Vet) for veterinarians and veterinary students

Vets4Vets¬ģ and Support4Support¬†confidential support groups

MightyVet education and mentorship


Organizational Health in Sheltering:

Shifting from Self Care to We Care Handout (resources for Jessica’s conference presentation)

Euthanasia-related strain and coping strategies

Employee turnover in animal shelters

Improving Organizational Communication

The People Practices Self-Check

Hiring the Right People for Your Culture

Please Curb Your Volunteer 




Professional Quality of Life (ProQol) Test

Self Care Assessment

Secondary Traumatic Stress Informed Organization Assessment (STSI-OA)



Compassion Fatigue Resources In Other Fields:

Headington Institute (excellent site geared towards humanitarian aid workers)

The Schwartz Center for compassionate healthcare

The Caregiver Space (for personal caregivers)

The Garrison Institute (aid workers)

The Joyful Heart Foundation 



Self Care:

University of Buffalo School of Social Work (self care toolkit)

Top 12 Self-Care Tips by Francoise Mathieu

Simple, guided meditation recordings on my SoundCloud page





When Helping Hurts: Compassion Fatigue in the Veterinary Profession by Kathleen Ayl, PsD

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

The Compassion Fatigue Workbook by Francoise Mathieu

Give to Your Heart’s Content, Without Giving Yourself Away by Linda Harper PhD

The Burnout Epidemic by Jennifer Moss

Reducing Secondary Traumatic Stress by Brian Miller

Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian by Dr. Nadine Hamilton