Connie M. Ford was born in 1912 in south-east London, the youngest of three daughters. Her father made scientific apparatus for schools and, during the First World War, artillery sights. Connie Ford was educated at the Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, and then at the Royal Veterinary College, London. She qualified as a vet in 1933. Initially, she ran her own practice in London. During the Second World War she joined the Scottish Land Army, before moving to the Midlands in 1943. From 1943 to 1972 Connie Ford was employed in the civil service as part of the UK Government's Veterinary Investigation Service, working for many years at Sutton Bonington. She became a specialist in the infertility of cattle. For this work, Connie Ford was awarded an MBE in 1970. She was awarded the J.T. Edwards Memorial Award by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1991. In retirement, Connie Ford researched the life and work of Aleen Cust, the first British woman vet. Her biography, 'Aleen Cust, veterinary surgeon: Britain's first woman vet', was published by Biopress of Bristol in 1990. Connie Ford left a generous bequest to The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Trust, which offers Connie Ford Retraining Grants for the development and delivery of retraining courses for UK veterinary surgeons.
Connie Ford had written poems since her childhood, but began submitting her poetry to competitions and writers' groups in the 1950s. She was an active member of the Nottingham Poetry Society from 1951, and acted as its chairman in the 1980s. Her work appeared in various poetry magazines and publications including 'Poetry Nottingham', the 'Breakthru' series, 'Voices', and the annual poetry workshop magazines of the Society of Civil Service Authors. Her long narrative poem 'The Great Eastern', based on her grandfather's journal, won the John Masefield Prize organized by 'Manifold' in 1968. Connie Ford also published four books of her own poetry: 'Veterinary Ballads and other poems' (1973), 'Wings and Water' (1973), 'Boat Crazy' (1975), and 'The Crimson Wing' (1977). She was a lifelong supporter of communism and women's rights, and enjoyed boating. She died in 1998.