About the FOunder of VSGD
Dr Ebony Escalona
In early 2017 Ebony Escalona founded a support group on Facebook for veterinary professionals who had become frustrated with their careers. The group was an immediate success, providing 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 is passionate about building confidence in others and is a huge advocate of the 'portfolio career', simply put, doing the things you love and loving the things you do. This approach is perfectly illustrated through her own career path: 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 is also an educator and entrepreneur and previously worked in music television.
Within these varied roles she developed a number of transferable skills that opened up a number of non-veterinary enterprises and collaborations. It allowed her to create a flexible work schedule fusing part time advisory roles at the NGO Brooke and VDS Training with the incredible business model of Arbonne. Having greater ownership of her time has allowed her to collaborate with the e-learning charity, Learn Appeal and publish scientific work
She now enjoys bring the veterinary community together to help vets tap into their potential and learn from their peers. This has led her, along with the VSGD working group, to create this event Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify LIVE.