Saturday, November 6, 2021
9 AM to 5:30 PM
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Compassion Fatigue is more real and affecting our animal welfare community harder than ever. We see the overwhelmed and overworked veterinary staff; we see our exhausted animal control officers having to make difficult decisions that they haven't been faced with in years. Our hope for this conference is to also extend care to the carers and provide resources for dealing with the emotional toll of your jobs.

This conference will take place within the peace and tranquility of Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia. Both breakfast and lunch will be provided with an extended lunch break for you to enjoy the beauty of the gardens. This is a pay-what-you-can event (as well as scholarships and sponsorships available). Our intent is to reach as many people in the animal welfare and veterinary medicine industries that would benefit from the message of self care, setting guilt-free boundaries, and caring without crumbling regardless of financial ability. We just want you to relax, recharge, learn, and fellowship with peers. There is a limited amount of add-on tickets for a field trip to Rage RVA ( after the conference if you'd like to keep the stress relief going by swinging a sledgehammer and breaking things!

Julie Squires will be our key speaker, showing us ways to get beyond our daily compassion fatigue. She is a Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Certified Life Coach, and host of the Rekindle Podcast who brings a unique perspective and approach to support the sustained energy and passion of those that work with and for animals in the emotionally challenging fields of veterinary medicine, animal welfare, lab animal research, animal advocacy and conservation/environmentalism. She does this in a very distinct way, by empowering them to help themselves through easy-to-implement yet powerful tools that allow them to see that they have much more control over their emotional lives than they realize. Check out her work at