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Speaking & Events

Dr Dave Nicol is an experienced veterinarian, practice owner (multiple times over), entrepreneur, 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. 
Dr Dave's presentations focus on leadership, building high-performing teams, strategy, and how to thrive in veterinary practice. They are delivered in a typically high octane style using both standup and physical comedy in order to maintain the attention of his audience. 

There will be no death by PowerPoint when you book Dr Dave for your event. Whether keynote or workshop, as he engages his audience with powerful storytelling and stunning imagery. In 2019 he was recognised as the VMX speaker of the year and he remains on of the most sought after speakers in veterinary medicine. 

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Dr Dave's 2023-24 Speaking Schedule


BSAVA 2023

The UKs educational marquee event, held annually and I'm honoured to be participating again. Join me for two sessions on leadership and improving your practice step by step. TBC.

Multiple Lectures

Lisbon EFOMV

Dr Dave will be the guest speaker at the “10o EFOMV- Encontro
de Formação da Ordem dos Médicos Veterinários” in Lisbon. He'll be presenting on a range of leadership topics in Portugal for the first time.

Dinner Lecture

IDEXX Events 2023

"Business is Booming But People Are Breaking!" or "The Secret Equation to the Art of Persuasion" are our subjects for my hugely popular dinner speaking sessions. 

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Lectures & Masterclass

VMX 2024

Dr Dave will make his return to the live stage at VMX in what promises to be a barn storing event. With COVID in the rearview mirror, there is much to do to get back in shape. Join him for some brand new content and collaborations!

Key Note Session

Fetch Kansas City

Dave will be delivering the Fetch Conference Keynote 'If it's Not A Heck Yes... Then It Should Be A No!" in August 2023. Join him for a talk that will raise the roof!


Vet Financial Summit

Heck Yes... Or No! That's the subject that everyone has to decide when it comes to using the most precious resource we have... not money, but time! 

Dr Dave is back for a 4th year running to present the keynote at the VFS 2023.


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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