We all have our own stories. The hows and whys of becoming a vet and the life we’ve lived since that graduation party.
This is mine. I tell it so you can know that I hear you, I feel you and that your story matters too.
Ever since Smarty the Shetland arrived in my life (he was 24 years young, I was 4 years old) it has always been about being a horse vet.
My passion for knowledge and challenge powered me through two post-graduate certifications (Equine Practice and Equine Orthopaedic Surgery) whilst juggling family commitments with a wonderful but hyperactive husband and two young daughters.
Life was looking pretty great, until suddenly it wasn’t.
I developed Meniere’s Disease, a condition of the inner ear and had several months of going to work then wobbling over, leaning against stable walls, lying on the floor in the vets office, letting down clients and colleagues.
The final straw was BEVA Congress 2019. I was helping on a stand, enjoying making new connections and seeing old friends. Then from nowhere, mid afternoon, just as the drug rep wine was in full flow, I had to be helped out of the hall and led to a quiet corner to collapse. I looked like I had enjoyed the hospitality a little too much but hadn’t drunk a drop.
I retired from practice a few months later, feeling like a big fat let down to friends, colleagues and clients at the practice, my husband and kids and worst of all my parents who had financed me through vet school.
Fast forward to now and I’m delighted to be back working in the veterinary industry. It took 18 months to rebuild my health and structure a work schedule that was sustainable. I dug into the science, qualified as a Nutrition and Exercise Advisor and learnt the power of starting small when trying to make progress.
Everything I learnt I experimented on myself. I cleaned up my eating habits, started practising yoga and even dabbled in meditation. My most significant experiment was with exercise. I started with 5 minutes of Joe Wicks routines and slowly converted myself from a sporadic exerciser to an avid ultra marathon runner.
As a Certified Health Coach and Tiny Habits Behaviour Change Coach I now specialise in helping vets take back control of their lives. The lives they feel they may have lost to rotas and childcare, certificate study and mortgage commitments. They learn how to feel energised and all round awesome again.
This is my story. And from it I want you to know;
You are not alone in your struggle to balance a veterinary career and home life.
If you are feeling like there is no time and you have no energy to improve your health and protect yourself against burnout – there IS a way. A way that is backed by science and can be personalised to any diary and lifestyle.
You do not have to be a “sporty” type or a wellness warrior. Making small, practical changes can have a massive impact on mental and physical health.
Ready to take the next step to living healthier and happier?