Join our live discussion to break the stigma around money and learn how to take control of your finances.

Veterinary Woman has teamed up with VetYou to offer a series of free, online discussions to empower you to take control of your finances. The ‘Veterinary Women Facing Up To Finances’ support series of live, quarterly discussions aims to empower veterinary women with expert advice and community support, helping you secure your financial future.

What’s in store?

Each quarterly power hour will include top tips by a financial professional and live Q&A from the community. Hosted by a member of VetYou – Katie Ford or Ebony Escalona, the panel will feature a financial professional, such as the fabulous Ruth Downs FA, a guest sharing their lived experience, and a member of the Veterinary Woman team. Questions can be pre-submitted, or you can ask them live, including anonymously.

Share in a supportive setting to gain tools, tips and advice about how to look after your personal finances – and expect some treats along the way! You will also have the opportunity to arrange a one to one session with an independent financial advisor and put your learning into action.

Facing up to Finances: Breaking Money Taboos

July 30th – 19:30 – 20:30

Breaking Money Taboos: Master Your Mindset and Budget Like a Pro

Our live discussion will break the stigma around money and help you learn how to take control of your finances. Our expert financial professional Ruth Downs and inspiring community member will guide you through the first steps to budgeting, helping you cultivate a positive money mindset.

Veterinary Woman

Readers of Veterinary Woman ranked ‘finances’ as the top subject you needed to know more about to make the most of future opportunities. It’s vital that women in the veterinary professions are able to access trusted resources such as the Facing Up To Finances discussions that can help you achieve your financial goals.

Ruth Downs

Ruth is an experienced financial adviser with a difference. Genuine, friendly, and all-round animal lover. Ruth has helped over 450 veterinary professionals create financial plans that not only helped their financial well-being but mental well-being which is important now more than ever. No jargon, just straight-talking friendly advice.


“Our aims are to enable vet women to confront and take proactive steps and accountability in financial management. The Facing Up To Finances support series will help foster a sense of belonging in a community that understands the unique financial needs that women in the vet professions have, and reduce feelings of isolation and any self-stigma related to finances.” Ebony Escalona

Facing up to Finances: Prepare for the Unexpected

October – TBC

Prepare for the Unexpected: Secure Your Income and Future Today

This session will show you how to build a financial safety net. Featuring a seasoned financial expert and a resilient community member, we’ll explore strategies to protect your income and ensure you stay afloat during tough times.

Facing up to Finances: Life Changes Ahead

January TBC

Life Changes Ahead: Financial Planning for Family, Moves, and Career Shifts

Planning for a major life change? Whether you’re having kids, moving abroad, or changing careers, this discussion will share insights on financially preparing for these transitions, helping you confidently embrace change.

Facing up to Finances; Invest in your Health


Invest in Your Health: Financial Strategies for Wellness and Insurance

Your health is your wealth—learn how to invest in it wisely. Discussing financial strategies to support your health, including health insurance options, our knowledgeable speakers will share tips on maintaining health while managing costs.

Women in the veterinary profession face significant financial challenges, including lower retirement savings, longer life spans, and career breaks. Many lack confidence in managing money, leading to missed opportunities for investment and financial growth. Despite these challenges, studies show women can be successful investors, often outperforming men. With women expected to control 60% of the UK’s wealth by 2025, professional financial advice is crucial to help women create effective financial plans.

If you can’t make the date, the ‘Veterinary Women Facing Up To Finances’ support series will also be available later to watch on demand, so sign up to receive invites to our four part series and watch this space for more news.

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