This veterinarian welcomes impostor syndrome?

March 31, 2019
Dave Nicol, BVMS, Cert. Mgmt MRCVS
Dave Nicol, BVMS, Cert. Mgmt MRCVS

Nicol is a graduate of Glasgow University Veterinary School in Scotland. He initially set out with plans to become a surgeon, but almost immediately was drawn into general practice by the interaction with pet owners and the problem-solving opportunities that cropped up each day. Initially, this meant finding and fixing animal problems, but quickly it became clear that there were plenty of problems with how practices worked as well.

Dr. Dave Nicol says it forces you to grow.

Impostor syndrome-you know, that nagging voice telling you you don't know what you're doing or that you have no business doing it-is normally viewed in a negative light. But no one ever accused Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Dave Nicol, BVMS, MRCVS, of having normal views. What does he say?

"High five. You tried."

That's not the standard soul crushing epiphany that makes you question your entire career choice. Instead, Dr. Nicol simply reframes this concept into a positive one that's necessary in the course of your career. "It's just you working out that you need to learn more," he says.

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And he embraces the sensation, feeling forward movement in tackling things he doesn't have a handle on. "I want to feel impostor syndrome, because it means I'm learning, it means I'm doing something new, it means I'm progressing," Dr. Nicol says.

He adds that in the veterinary field you need to be able to bounce back from your bad vibes. And while resiliency is one thing, you need something else to actually grow.

"What you need is tenacity to work out how to do it differently next time," Dr. Nicol says.

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