I qualified from the RVC in 2002 and have spent 11 years in Equine Practice. I have been the new graduate, worked the dreaded 1-in-2 rota, I’m married to an equine surgeon, and I have 2 children- so I completely understand the challenges that many people face on a daily basis.
During my years in practice I quickly realised that treating animals was the easy bit. It’s often everything else we want and need to do that become the stumbling blocks, that in managing our own lives where the bigger challenges are to be found.
I know there are times when you can feel like you are the only person struggling to meet the high standards that you set yourself; that if everyone else can cope with the long hours, the endless admin and the research, whilst still managing a life away from work, then why can’t you?
If this strikes a cord with you-know that you are not alone in feeling this way, and more importantly, that I can help.
My diploma in personal performance coaching (with distinction) along with my experiences as a vet, wife, mother and coach enable me to help vets like you to gain clarity, create options and open up real choices. I am a CIPD accredited trainer in Wellbeing and Stress Management, an accredited Resilience trainer for both individuals and managers and a master trainer in DISC behavioural profiling. I use DISC behaviour profiling to improve self awareness, enhance how you communicate with colleagues, your boss, your team and your family by gaining a better understanding of your own innate style and preferences.
I am an honorary lecturer of the University of Liverpool where I am involved in both the delivery of teaching materials and assessment on the University of Liverpool CertAVP programme, particularly the foundations in advanced veterinary practice module. I also lecture the undergraduates at Liverpool University and the Royal Veterinary College.
I am a workplace health and wellbeing specialist. Completing my Masters degree in 2016 and receiving the prize for academic excellence from the University of Nottingham Medical School in Workplace Health and Wellbeing, fuelled my passion for working with others within the workplace to address one of the greatest risks to everyones health…workplace stress. I have continued my research interests in this field and am currently self-funding my PhD at the University of Nottingham, identifying the evidence based tools and strategies to make a real difference to those working under pressure and create optimal places to work within the veterinary profession.
I love to challenge myself in all aspects of my life and in April 2017 took on the challenge of running 10 marathons in 10 days around the British Isles, to raise money for the brooke animal hospital. Not bad as I only ran my first marathon in September 2016! You can see how we got on and what an amazing experience it was at www.ten2london.co.uk
I passionately believe that coaching and mentoring can help everyone regain control over their busy lives and career plans. So if you would like to take the first confident step towards living your life to the full and achieving your ambitions, then please contact me here.
I am very proud and delighted to have been awarded the prestigious Life Coach of the Year award 2015 at the International Coaching Awards.
LECTURES AND WEBINARS
I often give webinars for key bodies, and speak at congresses and industry events both across the UK and Internationally. I write regularly for the veterinary press and my own blog page.
I recognise that many of the challenges faced by today’s veterinary surgeons are non-clinical and I’d be delighted to join your practice clinical/journal club and discuss techniques to help with stress management, resilience, thriving in your role, boosting confidence, developing an assertive approach, improving time management, gaining focus and raising motivation levels – please contact me to find out more.