Compassion fatigue, euthanasia stress, and their management in laboratory animal research

Joseph T. Newsome, Elizabeth A. Clemmons, Dawn C. Fitzhugh, Tracy L. Gluckman, Michelle A. Creamer-Hente, Laura J. Tambrallo, Temeri Wilder-Kofie

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This review is designed to assist both individuals and organizations involved in animal-based research to understand and appreciate the importance and potential risks of compassion fatigue and euthanasia stress. We reviewed current literature regarding compassion fatigue and euthanasia stress as they relate to the laboratory animal science community. Definitions mitigation steps are clarified. We offer educational and mitigation advice and present needs for future research on these topics that is related directly to the laboratory animal science community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1289-1292
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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