About

With a range of different life experiences in personal finance, the founders of Vet You are all committed to using their knowledge and understanding to help others make better decisions about money and investments; supporting their independent financial future.

Matt Dobbs

VetYou Director, Farm Vet – Innovator – Business Owner

Matt Dobbs

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A Farm vet at heart, Matt spent time in general practice before going “walkabout”, working at the University of Sydney, a number of US vet schools and finally returning to the RVC Teaching practice. With a urge to set up his own business, Matt returned to develop a Farm animal practice group which is now part of a large corporate group. Due to a pathological problem with saying “no”, Matt is currently working with a number of Ag-tech, vet and pet care start-ups, all who are looking to meet the challenges of change, in quickly transforming market.

Financial freedom has always been important and frustrated by the lack of information available, Matt is keen to work with VetYou to help others who want to ensure that financial paralysis doesn’t hold them back from an exciting career.

Matt is a trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation and at the weekends is regular at the side of sports pitches across Sussex, supporting his three kids…..occasionally finding time to take Finn, his Irish terrier, for a run across the beautiful South Downs.

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What I've-learnt about money in 20yrs as a vet

Paul Horwood

VetYou Director, Farm Vet – Speaker – Consultant

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Paul is a farm animal vet who, after finishing an internship at RVC, was initially an assistant, then Partner and finally Director at Westpoint Farm Vets before selling to Private Equity and deciding to diversify away from clinical practice and set up a leadership training company supplying soft skills training to professionals. This is balanced alongside his passion for the outdoors, with leading expeditions to climb mountains, ski everywhere, and venture out onto the arctic ice cap.

Paul is a trustee of Vetlife and is very interested in how financial security, or lack of, contributes to mental health and wellbeing across the profession, and how giving everyone access financial knowledge can ensure that everyone is able to make the decisions that are right for them to enable them to have a great career and journey.

Paul is never happier than getting out into nature. Climbing up mountains, or ski-touring across ice sheets in the arctic, it’s the adventure and the remote beauty that attracts him.

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VetYou Director Paul Harwood - Introduction

Ebony Escalona

VetYou Director, Equine Vet – Community Creator – Educator

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In early 2017 Ebony Escalona founded Vets:Stay, Go, or Diversify on Facebook, a support group for veterinary professionals who had become frustrated with their careers. The group provides inspiration, guidance, mentorship and networking for those looking to remain satisfied in practice, diversify their careers or develop new skills outside the ordinary practice box.

Ebony has worked as a Equine Vet for many years, in clinical roles that ranged from primary to referral care as well as academic posts, she sits on the executive board of StreetVet, a visiting lecturer at Surrey University and an advisor to VDS Training, and last year was the recipient of the inaugural RCVS Inspiration Award.

But, finance has always led her to put her head in the sand. It has been apparent from her own personal journey that a lack of financial security holds people back. Partly as she feels she doesn’t understand it and doesn’t like admin, but also that she is not fully appreciative of her worth. Sound familiar?

This is why she was so keen to support and develop VetYOU.

When not juggling life and her portfolio career, Ebony loves getting to ride her horse, or continuing to improve her circus and acrobatic skills.

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Top Tips for a freelance vetinary professional

Katie Ford

Small Animal Vet – Speaker – Coach

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Katie is an experienced small animal vet, having graduated from Liverpool in 2012 and gaining her RCVS Certificate in Internal Medicine in 2017. She became passionate about opening conversations up around imposter syndrome and self-doubt following her own experiences in the veterinary profession, and trained as a certified coach with further study in a number of areas, as well as publishing a series of books.

Katie grew a following of over 18,000 across social media, is an international and keynote speaker, both in the vet profession and beyond. She co-founded Vet Empowered in 2020, offering personal development content and group coaching services, namely to recent graduates. As her businesses grew, she saw the importance of money mindset and financial stability, not only within her own clients but in making personal progress too.

She joined VetYou as a co-director, helping to break down barriers around finances within the profession and to enable access to timely, expert financial advice. She is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Emotional Wellbeing Therapy.

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VetYou Director Katie Ford - Introduction

Matt Dobbs

VetYou Director, Farm Vet – Innovator – Business Owner

Paul Horwood

VetYou Director, Farm Vet – Speaker – Consultant

Ebony Escalona

VetYou Director, Equine Vet – Community Creator – Educator

Katie Ford

VetYou Director – Small Animal Vet – Speaker – Coach

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Matt Dobbs

A Farm vet at heart, Matt spent time in general practice before going “walkabout”, working at the University of Sydney, a number of US vet schools and finally returning to the RVC Teaching practice. With a urge to set up his own business, Matt returned to develop a Farm animal practice group which is now part of a large corporate group. Due to a pathological problem with saying “no”, Matt is currently working with a number of Ag-tech, vet and pet care start-ups, all who are looking to meet the challenges of change, in quickly transforming market.

Financial freedom has always been important and frustrated by the lack of information available, Matt is keen to work with VetYou to help others who want to ensure that financial paralysis doesn’t hold them back from an exciting career.

Matt is a trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation and at the weekends is regular at the side of sports pitches across Sussex, supporting his three kids…..occasionally finding time to take Finn, his Irish terrier, for a run across the beautiful South Downs.

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What I've-learnt about money in 20yrs as a vet

Paul Horwood

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Paul is a farm animal vet who, after finishing an internship at RVC, was initially an assistant, then Partner and finally Director at Westpoint Farm Vets before selling to Private Equity and deciding to diversify away from clinical practice and set up a leadership training company supplying soft skills training to professionals. This is balanced alongside his passion for the outdoors, with leading expeditions to climb mountains, ski everywhere, and venture out onto the arctic ice cap.

Paul is a trustee of Vetlife and is very interested in how financial security, or lack of, contributes to mental health and wellbeing across the profession, and how giving everyone access financial knowledge can ensure that everyone is able to make the decisions that are right for them to enable them to have a great career and journey.

Paul is never happier than getting out into nature. Climbing up mountains, or ski-touring across ice sheets in the arctic, it’s the adventure and the remote beauty that attracts him.

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Introduction VetYou Director, Paul Harwood

Ebony Escalona

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In early 2017 Ebony Escalona founded Vets:Stay, Go, or Diversify on Facebook, a support group for veterinary professionals who had become frustrated with their careers. The group provides inspiration, guidance, mentorship and networking for those looking to remain satisfied in practice, diversify their careers or develop new skills outside the ordinary practice box.

Ebony has worked as a Equine Vet for many years, in clinical roles that ranged from primary to referral care as well as academic posts, she sits on the executive board of StreetVet, a visiting lecturer at Surrey University and an advisor to VDS Training, and last year was the recipient of the inaugural RCVS Inspiration Award.

But, finance has always led her to put her head in the sand. It has been apparent from her own personal journey that a lack of financial security holds people back. Partly as she feels she doesn’t understand it and doesn’t like admin, but also that she is not fully appreciative of her worth. Sound familiar?

This is why she was so keen to support and develop VetYOU.

When not juggling life and her portfolio career, Ebony loves getting to ride her horse, or continuing to improve her circus and acrobatic skills.

Social Media
Video

Top Tips for a freelance vetinary professional

Katie Ford

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Katie is an experienced small animal vet, having graduated from Liverpool in 2012 and gaining her RCVS Certificate in Internal Medicine in 2017. She became passionate about opening conversations up around imposter syndrome and self-doubt following her own experiences in the veterinary profession, and trained as a certified coach with further study in a number of areas, as well as publishing a series of books.

Katie grew a following of over 18,000 across social media, is an international and keynote speaker, both in the vet profession and beyond. She co-founded Vet Empowered in 2020, offering personal development content and group coaching services, namely to recent graduates. As her businesses grew, she saw the importance of money mindset and financial stability, not only within her own clients but in making personal progress too.

She joined VetYou as a co-director, helping to break down barriers around finances within the profession and to enable access to timely, expert financial advice. She is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Emotional Wellbeing Therapy.

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Introduction VetYou Director - Katie Ford

Paul is a farm animal vet who, after finishing an internship at RVC, was initially an assistant, then Partner and finally Director at Westpoint Farm Vets before selling to Private Equity and deciding to diversify away from clinical practice and set up a leadership training company supplying soft skills training to professionals. This is balanced alongside his passion for the outdoors, with leading expeditions to climb mountains, ski everywhere, and venture out onto the arctic ice cap.

Paul is a trustee of Vetlife and is very interested in how financial security, or lack of, contributes to mental health and wellbeing across the profession, and how giving everyone access financial knowledge can ensure that everyone is able to make the decisions that are right for them to enable them to have a great career and journey.

Paul is never happier than getting out into nature. Climbing up mountains, or ski-touring across ice sheets in the arctic, it’s the adventure and the remote beauty that attracts him.

Vision

Our vision is for all those working with animals to better understand their personal finances and we are on a mission to help support those on this financial journey. With a variety of backgrounds, but with our MRCVS in common, the Founders of VetYou came together to curate a service that helps all in our profession to be better informed when making personal financial decisions. 

We have developed a network of advisors who we know and trust and who understand the personal finance challenges those in our industry face. These advisors and products have been carefully selected to meet the needs of those working in our sector. Our affiliate partners support the work of VetYou through a small commission paid in the first year.

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