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Twitter Chat: How to Manage Compassion Fatigue in Veterinary Medicine

by Lori Hehn - May 12, 2016 7:32:37 AM
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Please join us on May 24, 2016 for a Twitter Chat on the very important topic of "Compassion Fatigue." We are fortunate to have an expert in this field joining us as our special guest! 

Where? Twitter

Host: @SavvyVetTech

When: Tuesday May 24, 2016 at 5pm PST/8pm EST

Hashtag: #vettechchat

Who: All veterinary personnel including veterinarians, vet techs, receptionists, managers, etc.

Dr. Susan P. Cohen has been called a pioneer in the fields of pet loss, human-animal interaction, and the human side of veterinary practice. Since 1982 Dr. Cohen has helped pet lovers make decisions about the illness of their pets. She developed the first-ever Pet Loss Support Group and began an animal assisted activity program that took the then-unusual form of having volunteers work with their own pets. She originated many training programs for workers in the veterinary and social service fields, and she has been a field instructor for several schools of social work. She has written several book chapters and scholarly articles on social work, veterinary practice, and the human-animal bond. Her most recent chapter is “Loss of a Therapy Animal” in Aubrey Fine’s, “Handbook on Animal-Assisted Therapy, Fourth Edition: Foundations and Guidelines for Animal-Assisted Interventions”, 2015.

These days she consults with veterinary practices on client and professional communication, compassion fatigue, and how to make practice fun again. She facilitates an online support group for veterinarians and teaches online workshops. She lectures widely to veterinary colleges and conferences, colleges of social work, veterinary technician programs, and human health groups on communication, pet loss and bereavement, human-animal interaction, client relations, compassion fatigue, and career development.  She is Chairperson of SWAHAB (Social Workers Advancing the Human-Animal Bond), the first such committee of the National Association of Social Workers. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and Smithsonian Magazine. In addition, she has made numerous television and radio addresses nationwide, including “The Today Show,” "20-20," and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

For further information or for help with a pet or practice issue, please visit her website:


Pre-Register to Let Us Know You are Participating!

You can join via Twitter, visit host page @TheSavvyVetTech or join via, use hashtag #VetTechChat; All hospital personnel are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate.

About Lori Hehn

Lori Hehn is a practicing veterinarian and a contributor and content manager with XPrep Learning Solutions. She has a drive for continual learning and enjoys interacting with veterinary and vet tech students. She also writes veterinary learning books for children.

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