Meet The Coaches
Vet Empowered is led by Claire Grigson and Katie Ford. Both are vets but also coaches and share a passion for connecting vet staff with their true identities. Find out more about them below.
BVSc CertAVP(SAM) PGCert ProDip(CBT) MRCVS
Vet, coach, speaker, author & creator.
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 racoons. Getting outside walking makes my heart glow, 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 on the regular, 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 & 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'm also a vet, who works in small animal practice and has an advanced certificate in internal medicine, I've been lucky to be doing this for nine years now.
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 worth was on my job title; this was a double-edged sword. The profession is amazing, but I left all my 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.
The good news was that through lots of methods, help from many sources, harnessing my thoughts, and recognising my personal value...my life is totally transformed. I've since started multiple businesses of my own, grown a social media following of over 12,000 (you'll find me as @katiefordvet). You'll also find me speaking about imposter syndrome on many stages from WellVet to the Global Vet Career Summit, a myriad of podcasts, and recently keynote speaker at BVNA. In 2020, I published a book called "To an amazing vet", with versions for vet nurses and receptionists available too.
I feel lucky every day to know the content that I post about, hence I constantly try to share what I have learned, and why I trained in these methods myself. I love to help people to reconnect with themselves, the real them, and that's not always who we think that we are. I've coaches everyone from student vets and nurses, right up to CEOs and diploma holders.
If you're reading this, you're valuable, and unique and we'd love to help you see that too.
I am so excited to welcome our delegates onto Vet Empowered with Claire, and show them what a difference it can make to all aspects of their lives."
BVM&S MRCVS ACCP (Advanced Cert in Coaching Practice)
Vet, coach, meditation teacher & content creator
‘My name’s Claire, and I live in Edinburgh with my wee dog Cabbage, who is crazy and cute in equal measures! I love connecting with new people, dancing in my kitchen to old school Ibiza tunes, yoga, meditation, reading and having long hot baths whenever I can. I enjoy being out in nature with Cabbage, listening to podcasts, coffee, cake and catch ups with my friends, and appreciating the little things in life.
I have been qualified as a small animal vet for almost 14 years, and I still thoroughly enjoy working with my clients and patients. However, I fully understand the potential for work to become an area of stress, and I believe that mindset is a powerful tool for maximising
enjoyment and fulfillment in this area of your life. You deserve to have a healthy work-life balance, and part of this is learning to value yourself and your free time as much as your job role. There are many techniques that I use daily to help me to stay grounded, present and focused, even on the busiest of shifts.
I trained to become a certified and accredited life coach after being part of a life coaching group programme, and the experience completely helped to transform my mindset and the relationship that I had with myself. Prior to this I had gone through divorce, and I was completely disconnected from who I was and what I wanted from life. I suppressed my emotions, filled my life with distractions and hoped that it would all just ‘get better by itself’. From the outside I was confident, capable, high achiever, but on the inside my self esteem was at rock bottom, as I placed all my self worth on other peoples validation and approval. Work became a coping strategy as it allowed me to ‘put on a mask’ and not deal with what was going on behind closed doors, but without doing the inner work I became stuck in a loop of unhelpful behaviours that just further chipped away at my self esteem. After hitting my
lowest point after losing two dear friends, I realised that something needed to change, and I sought support from a counsellor as well as investing in my personal development to help me move forwards in a more positive way.
I have learned a lot through my personal challenges, and I am passionate about supporting others to make positive sustainable change in their life, by improving the relationship they have with themselves, and to learn to listen and trust their authentic self over their inner
critic. I fully believe in the power of coaching, having experienced it myself and also experienced the transformations in those that I work with. I am so excited to be delivering this incredible programme with Katie, and to be part of our delegates transformational