Speaking & Events

Dr Dave Nicol is an experienced veterinarian, practice owner multiple times over, book author and publisher of one of the most listened to vet podcasts in the world. This experience combined with his Scottish accent (his secret weapon), quick wit and love of what he does had made him a welcome guest speaker at conferences all over the world. 
Delivered in his high-octane, trademark style, Dr Dave's presentations focus on leadership, building high performing teams, strategy and how to thrive in veterinary practice.

There will be no death by PowerPoint when you book Dr Dave for your event. Instead, he engages his audience with energy, comedy and powerful storytelling. In 2019 his efforts were rewarded with the VMX speaker of the year award.  

Dr Dave's 2020-21 Speaking Schedule


VMX 2020

VMX is the world's largest veterinary expo and CE event. In 2019 Dr Dave won the Practice Management Speaker of the Year Award and in 2020 he's back for more delivering his trademark thought leadership with the usual mix of comedy and fun.


WVC 2020

Dr Dave will be co-presenting a session titled 'Becoming The Practice Of The Future'. This event is sponsored by Covetrus. Please check the WVC program for details on how to register.


It's Time To Thrive...Not Just Survive!

Dr Dave is delighted to be the keynote speaker for the forthcoming 2020 VCA Canada conferences. He will deliver a rousing and inspiring keynote that will help everyone in veterinary medicine take charge and feel good about their work. Plus he'll be delivering several shorter breakout sessions for anyone with an interest in client care.


The Secret Equation To The Art Of Persuasion - How To Rock The Exam Room

Dr Dave will be travelling around the country presenting his award-winning exam room skills session to customers of Idexx throughout 2020. Please contact your local Idexx representative to see or request an event in your region.


IVC Evidencia Gradute Conference 2020 (UK)

Dr Dave Nicol is delighted to be hosting and presenting the final day at the IVC Evidensia Graduate Academy conference for nearly 500 young vets across Europe. 


IVC Gradute Academy 2020 (UK)

Dr Dave Nicol is delighted to be teaching his unique exam room skills communication master class to 250 graduates at the IVC Evidensia Graduate Academy. Hold on tight, it is going to be a fun ride.

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What people are saying about Dr Dave's talks

CVC Delegate,
San Diego.
The Hill's Team,
Dr Sarah Vineyard
Colony Vet, La Jolla.
Jen & Ashley
CVC Kansas City.
Cailin & Candice,

Dave is a fiery, funny, fun, inspiring, educational leader who takes time to cater to attendees' educational needs as well as his own creative whims. He ups any audience with his unique blend of Scot thunder and Australian informality, effortlessly blending high energy, personal growth and in-the-trenches knowledge as a doctor, manager and practice owner. I bloody well recommend Dave for your speaking needs.

Brendan Howard. Editor, Veterinary Economics

"Dave is a truly interesting speaker, engaging and fun, challenging and different, insightful and informative, different and somewhat daring. He certainly got his message across all the while keeping it light, simple and practical. Thus ensuring that the attendees would go home and incept and take action. I can recommend to you Dave Nicol, as a speaker of quality who will get you results."

Diederik Gelderman, President of the Australian Veterinary Business Association

“First of all, I wanted to tell you that I haven't looked forward to a set of "lectures" in a long time. What I received was no a lecture at all. Your unpretentious, straight forward way of involving us in your discussion was both extremely refreshing and allowed me to actually see what I have been doing well, and where I see myself improving. In fact, you showed me that I don’t suck so bad! The 8 hours I spent learning and participating with you was easy to do. I felt included in your talk, not just a butt in the seat being talked at. Thank you! 

Mark Henderson, Telegraph Canyon Animal Medical Centre. Chula Vista, CA

I joined the webinar at lunch time yesterday with Dr Dave Nicol.  I really enjoyed it and only wished I'd asked a couple of the directors to join me - it would have been so useful for them in their development of our new graduates!!  What an engaging presenter Dr Dave is!

Heather Wraith, Chartered MCIPD. HR manager, Charter Vets, UK.

One of the best lectures of the conference.  The information presented is important for all of us (no matter what our role in veterinary medicine). It was encouraging and empowering, and I will go home and try everything suggested by Dr Nicol. Thank you for an inspiring lecture!

Anonymous Fetch DVM360 Delegate. San Diego, USA.

This was a great workshop! Very well done and very useful information delivered in an excellent manner and topped off with brilliant comedy. I would highly recommend not only individuals in the veterinary industry but any individual that is interested in improving their relationships, personal self and in growing their business opportunities to attend a Dave Nicol workshop.

Melissa Lehman Calitz. IVPD Delegate. Johannesburg, South Africa. 

We invited Dr. Dave Nicol to speak at our events on the topic of Exam Room Heroes: Communication that Improves Outcomes for Pets and Practice. Dr. Dave was nothing short of amazing! He possesses a unique skill set among professional speakers that engages the audience the entirety of the presentation.

My favorite is his audience participation segment around "mirroring". His 7-step process resonates with attendees and is the ultimate blueprint for improving exam room communications skills. Dr. Dave created a formula that he shares with attendees that clearly helps them understand how to increase treatment compliance. He breaks this formula down and audience members leave saying, "Wow, that makes total sense! Why didn't I think of that? I need to start using that immediately."

I would recommend Dr. Dave to anyone seeking ways to improve both exam room communication skills for their entire staff and also seeking next steps in their leadership journey. Thank you for the positive impact you made on so many veterinary professionals. We appreciate it and can't wait to have you back!

Dr Daniel Baker, IDEXX Professional Services Veterinarian.

Make An Enquiry About Booking Dr Dave For Your Event

Due to his business commitments in the UK, Dr Dave Nicol is available to speak at a very limited number of events outside of the UK each year.

2020 events are now fully booked and 2021 enquires are filling fast. So please get in touch ASAP to discuss your need.


To make an enquiry about having Dr Dave speak at your event, please complete the form and we'll be in touch to find out more about your needs. We have an easy process and we always make life as simple as possible for event organisers.


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