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. Whether keynote or workshop, he engages his audience with energy, comedy, and powerful storytelling. In 2019 his efforts were recognised as he was voted the VMX speaker of the year award.  

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Dr Dave's 2021-22 Speaking Schedule


BSAVA 2021

Solving the recruitment conundrum, Dr Dave will be presenting two lectures to help delegates understand what has fundamentally changed when it comes to hiring clinical staff

March 2021
Commencement Address

Munich Vet School

So you've graduated... Now what? Dr Dave is honoured to be delivering a commencement address for 2021 graduates of Munich Vet School!

June 2021

CommuniVET™ Business Training Camp

As part of the Vet Alliance sponsored practice management track, Dr Dave will be delivering a virtual talk at the CommuniVET pre-symposium in  September. His talk will be titled, "Build Back Better: A vision for a sustainable veterinary future."

September 2021
Multiple events

IDEXX Events 2021

Dr Dave will be delivering various talks throughout the year at various different IDEXX events.

On-Demand Lecture


Dave's talk, "The Road to YES is Paved by Communication" will be available on demand during the VMX Virtual conference in June 2021

June 2021
Keynote Speech

Vet Financial Summit

Dr Dave will be delivering a virtual keynote speech at this year's Vet Financial Summit in September 2021.

September 2021
Multiple talks

Fetch Virtual Conference

Dave will be delivering four separate virtual talks at this year's Fetch conference in May 2021. He'll be talking time management, employer brand, and how to build a sustainable future for veterinary medicine.

May 2021

CanWest Veterinary Conference

Sponsored by ABVMA, the annual CanWest Veterinary Conference will be taking place virtually this October, where Dr Dave will be delivering a rousing keynote speech.

October 2021


Dr Dave will be delivering a talk at this year's VBMA conference in September 2021

September 2021

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. 

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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.

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