Dr. Katie Ford BVSc(Hons) CertAVP(SAM) PGCert MRCVS
Vet, Speaker, Coach, Mentor, Consultant
BVNA Keynote Speaker 2020
My name is Katie, I live in beautiful Saddleworth just outside Manchester. I'm a happy space-nerd, obsessed with Gary Vaynerchuk and I love raccoons. Getting outside walking makes me especially happy, as does spending time with my partner and our two ridiculously fluffy cats. I love the gym, learning mountain biking, fitness and have done the odd mud run. I'm obsessed with gratitude, its anecdotal, and more scientifically proven effects. I come up with new and crazy plans regularly, and I am fascinated with human potential. I'm passionate about positive mindset techniques and helping others with them too; I trained as a coach, broadband consciousness trainer, and in cognitive behaviour therapy. I've also been mentored and still am, by one of Bob Proctor's top mindset coaches in the world, who I'm lucky to call a good friend.
I am also an enthusiastic and forward-thinking small animal veterinary surgeon, that believes that clients and their pets deserve top-level service and treatment. I've been lucky to be doing this for eight years now, and gained my Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice for internal medicine in 2017. I have also seen how this level of dedication can lead to hurdles in itself.
Five years ago, this would have been a very different introduction. I would have started with "my name is Katie, and I'm a vet." All of my self-worth was on my job title; this was a double-edged sword. The profession is amazing, but I left all hobbies behind. I became overworked (on my own terms), feeling like a fraud for any achievement and constantly chasing happiness. I put myself under more stress than clients, colleagues or patients ever did; I chased perfection constantly, staying longer and longer to 'disaster prevent'. My brain looked for things that went wrong, and tortured me, however minuscule they appeared externally. It was mentally and physically unsustainable. I had achievements galore, everything external that I could want... but internally, I was in a civil war. I felt like one person went and achieved all this stuff externally, and then internally, I felt like a worthless fraud. (Pssst... if you want to learn more about my journey, I've added some podcast links below).
The good news was that through lots of methods, help from many sources, and harnessing my own mind...my life is totally transformed. I even trained in the methods myself. I feel lucky every day, hence I constantly try to share what I have learned.
Over recent years, I have become increasingly passionate about self-development, motivation, and inspiration for professionals, to help them overcome imposter syndrome and self-doubt. I love assisting others to achieve their goals in practice, overcoming roadblocks to success, and unlocking their potential to thrive in the veterinary world. I currently provide both 1:1 and group coaching programs for veterinary professionals, alongside online courses. If you're looking for an enthusiastic, positive, and results-based coach, get in touch.