Director, Lincoln Institute
Dr Michael Powell is a highly regarded veterinarian and veterinary business leader who graduated with first class honours from the University of Queensland in 1994. His career in veterinary practice has spanned more than 25 years, including experience as a practitioner in 4 different countries, working with companion animals, quarantine and inspection, animal welfare and farm animal practice. Michael is a keen surfer, proud father of 3 children, whose professional interests include orthopaedic and complex soft tissue surgery, as well as veterinary leadership and business development. For over a decade he was the co-owner of a multiple award-winning, ASAVA Accredited Hospital of Excellence, which enjoyed exceptional business performance. Michael sold this in 2014 and moved with his family for an adventure of a lifetime, living for a year by a lake in the Italian Alps. In this time, his appreciation for veterinary profession, and all it has provided him, remained strong. Based once more in Australia, Michael’s full-time focus is his role as a co-director of the Lincoln Institute, pursuing his passion for supporting veterinary business owners, clinicians and their teams to enjoy more professional success. He works as an international speaker, education facilitator, business coach and is a passionate advocate in the industry for supporting veterinarians to enjoy longer and more fulfilling careers. Alongside his considerable business and family commitments, Michael donates his time to the veterinary community as the founder and chair of the Veterinary Shortage Steering Committee; a multi-national association of veterinary industry stakeholders from Australia and New Zealand, committed to driving action on the global challenge of attrition of veterinary surgeons from the industry.