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For her capstone project at Mason, winter 2015 grad Samantha “Sami” Engle studied the topic of compassion fatigue in veterinary and human health care.

Compassion for the Caregivers

Samantha “Sami” Engle doesn’t shy away from discussing sensitive topics.

For her capstone project at Mason, she studied the topic of compassion fatigue in veterinary and human health care. The condition is common among caregivers, and causes feelings of helplessness, stress and anxiety.
Her research was approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry for Approved Continuing Education, clearing her to give the presentation to veterinarians, technicians and other managers who can receive credit for it.
She hopes to present her research to veterinary practice leaders across the country.

“My best advice to incoming students would be to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities Mason has to offer, both on and off campus. If you are not always looking forward to the next exciting thing you are doing with Mason, you are missing out.”

Samantha “Sami” Engle

Engle, a December 19, 2015, Mason grad, earning a bachelor of individualized study degree, looks back at her years at Mason with fond memories.
“As an extracurricular activity, I took up scuba diving classes on campus with Dr. Tom Wood and Greg Justice, received elective credits for the class, and became a certified open-water diver,” she said.
She took a seven-day course with the duo in the Exumas in the Bahamas, scuba diving several times a day to study biodiversity of the ephemeral coral reef system.