Webinar: Compassion in Science: The Benefits of Caring and the IACUC’s Role

Tuesday, September 10 | 1:00-2:15 PM ET

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Laboratory animal professionals may struggle to balance the compassion they feel for the animals in their care with the scientific imperatives that require the use of animals in research. Compassion fatigue (CF)—characterized by deep physical and emotional exhaustion and a pronounced change in the ability to feel empathy—can occur when individuals become overwhelmed by these conflicting emotions. CF can lead to increased illness, high turnover, and low morale in the workplace, negatively impacting the program overall. By encouraging “healthy compassion,” institutional leaders can foster a strong animal welfare program that also optimizes scientific advancements. IACUCs have an important role to play in this effort. Through avenues such as semiannual inspections, training, and advocating for animal caregivers, IACUCs can support programs and tools that build resiliency among laboratory animal professionals.


  • Definition of compassion fatigue and the significance of the human-animal bond
  • Compassion fatigue and its impact on the animal care and use community: animal caregivers, researchers, IACUC members, and trainers
  • Addressing compassion fatigue on an institutional level, and the IACUC's role in such efforts

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify the IACUC’s role in fostering and maintaining healthy compassion in an animal care and use program
  • Strategize around developing an institutional compassion in science program

Who should attend?

This webinar is aimed at IACUC staff and members. Other laboratory animal professionals, such as research faculty and staff, animal caregivers, veterinarians, animal use trainers, and other personnel will also benefit from attending.

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J. Preston Van HooserJ. Preston Van Hooser, BS is a review scientist and compliance manager in the Office of Animal Welfare at the University of Washington (UW). For the past sixteen years, Preston has worked in this role to protect the integrity and excellence of vertebrate animal research and teaching at the UW. .In recent years, he has overseen the successful development and implementation of the UWs Compassion Fatigue Program: Dare 2 Care (D2C). Mr. Van Hooser currently serves as Chair of the D2C committee and has presented on the subject at local and national conferences. He feels it is important to move one step further on the topic of compassion fatigue in order to start providing laboratory animal professionals and researchers with the tools and strategies needed to help ameliorate and reduce compassion fatigue, an area often overlooked in the field of animal science.

Mr. Van Hooser earned his BS in zoology from the College of Idaho in Caldwell, ID. He began his research career in 1991 in the UW Department of Ophthalmology, where his research efforts led to numerous professional publications and the restoration of sight in a mouse model of Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), a rare inherited eye disease that appears early in life. He serves on several boards, including the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR), is a member of several professional organizations including AALAS and PRIM&R, and is President and CEO of InVision BioResources, a Seattle based biotech company that provides incidental ocular tissues to the vision research community, globally.

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