Differences Between Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

March 15, 2017

Brian DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVP, immediate past president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, explains the differences between burnout and compassion fatigue.

Brian DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVP, immediate past president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, explains the differences between burnout and compassion fatigue.

While burnout can be a component of compassion fatigue, it is almost always related to the environment that you are in. If you remove yourself from the environment you’re in, it can help resolve the issues with burnout—but this is unlikely to help with compassion fatigue.