Speaking Credits
“Steve Dale educates, advocates, and motivates for higher quality of life for all pets. He’s had a major impact on bringing cutting edging information forward to the veterinary profession as well as to pet owners.” - Stephen Crane, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, past executive director Western Veterinary Conference


Commencement Address for Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, June 2008


“Herding Cats: Build it They Will Come. Now, What Do You Do Once They Show Up?”

“Brain Dead Fat Cats: Why We Must Enrich Our Cats’ Lives”

“Dogs Weren't Bred to Be Couch Potatoes: Why We Must Enrich our Dogs' Lives”

“Cats Are the Rodney Dangerfield of Pets”

“Kitty K: A Kitten’s Brain is a Terrible Thing to Waste – Socializing Kittens”

2008 West Indies Veterinary Conference Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Kitts, West Indies, November 2008


“ Marketing Your Practice for Cats, And Once You Build It – Encouraging Happy Feline and Human Clients”

“Brain Dead Fat Cats: Why We Must Enrich Our Cats’ Lives”

“Dogs Weren't Bred to Be Couch Potatoes: Why We Must Enrich our Dogs' Lives”

“Cats Are the Rodney Dangerfield of Pets”

“Kitty K: A Kitten’s Brain is a Terrible Thing to Waste – Socializing Kittens”

Wild West Veterinary Conference, Reno, NV, October, 2008


“Brain Dead Fat Cats: Why We Must Enrich Our Cats’ Lives”

“Cats Are the Rodney Dangerfield of Pets”

“Kitty K: A Kitten’s Brain is a Terrible Thing to Waste – Socializing Kittens”

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine 20th Annual Fred Scott Feline Symposium, Ithaca, NY; July 2008


“Cats, the Rodney Dangerfield of Pets: CATalyst Seminar”

Conference of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New Orleans, LA; July 2008

with Jane Brunt DVM, executive director CATalyst Council; Jim Flannigan, director of marketing American Veterinary Medical Association


"Brain Dead Fat Cats: Enriching Lives of Pet Cats"

"Dogs Weren't Bred to Be Couch Potatoes: Enriching Lives of Dogs"

"Kitty K: A Kitten's Brain is a Terrible Thing To Waste"

32nd Annual World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress; Sydney, Australia; August, 2007.

Description of talks in Convention catalog. Steve's bio in catalog.


“Pet Food Recall: A Panel Discussion"


Conference of the American Veterianry Medical Assocaition, Washington D.C., July, 2007

Panelists: Stephen Sundlof DVM, PhD, director Center of Veterinary Medicine United States Food and Drug Administration; Duane Ekedahl, executive director Pet Food Institute; Saundra Willis, DVM ACVIM, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine; Barbara Powers DVM, PhD, president of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians; Robert Poppenga, DVM, ABVT California Animal Health Food Safety Laboratory; Rick Weiss, reporter Washington Post; Marc Ullman Esq, partner Ullman Shapiro & Ullman; moderator Kimberly May, DVM, assistant director of professional and public affairs AVMA


“Kitty K: A Kitten’s Brain is a Terrible Thing to Waste”

Winn Symposium on Feline Health, Austin, TX, June, 2007


“Cutting Edge Animal Health: Pet Food Recall”

Panelist discuss media’s role in the pet food recall news events


Forum of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), Seattle; WA; June, 2007

Other Panelists: Paul Pion PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology); Joe Bartges PhD, DACVIM (SAIM); Linda Ross MS, DACVIM; (SAIM); Shelly Vaden PhD, DACVIM (SAIM) and Kimberly May MS, DACVS


Image"Kitty K: Kitten Socialization" Introduction Keynote speaker Karen Overall, VMD, MA, PhD., Dipl. ACVB

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Conference, Cleveland, OH; March, 2007


Facilitator – Zero Euthanasia and the No Kill Movement

American Humane Association Leadership Conference, Schaumburg, IL; September, 2006

Panelists: Richard Avenzino, president Maddie's Fund; Gregory Castle president No More Homeless Pets, Director Utah Outreach Best Friends; Merritt Clifton, editor Animal People; Belinda Lewis, director Ft. Wayne Animal Care & Control, and Jan McHugh-Smith, CEO Humane Society Boulder Valley, CO.

‘Legalize Ferrets Governor Schwarzenegger, Or Are You a Girly Man?’

Ferret Revival Rally, hosted by legalizeferrets.org, San Francisco, CA; September 2006


“Kitty-K: Kitten Socialization,”
“You CAN Beat BSL”

Association of Pet Dog Trainers Educational Conference & Trade Show, Kansas City, MO; September, 2006

Co-presenter “You CAN Beat BSL” Jamie Damato, CPDT


Panelist - Future View: Tomorrow’s Veterinary Medicine

Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, Keystone, CO; September, 2006

In celebration of their100th Anniversary, the CVMA enlisted top luminaries to discuss the future of veterinary medicine:

additional panelists: Elizabeth Curry-Galvin DVM, AVMA director of scientific studies; Lance Perryman DVM, Dean Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, President of Association of American Veterinary Colleges; Roger Mahr DVM, President AVMA, and Howard Rubin, CEO National Commission of Veterinary Economic Issues.

Description from CVMA Program Guide


Image“How We Dodged the BSL Bullet in Chicago" and “Dealing with BSL: A National Perspective” and Conference Closing Remarks

Canine Legislative Conference , Chicago, IL; August, 2006

Moderated Chicago panel with Jeff Armstrong, Parents Against Irresponsible Dog Ownership; Jim Borgelt, president Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance; Elizabeth Robertson DVM, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association; Alderman Eugene Schulter (47th Ward), Shirley Coleman (16th Ward).

Moderated National panel with Janis Bradley, instructor San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers; Jan Cooper, American Rottweiler Club; Ledy Van Kavage, Midwest Director of Legislative Affairs for the ASPCA.


“Bark Now or Forever Pay a Price: How to Get Involved in Legislative Issues”

Conference of the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention, Honolulu, HI; July, 2006

Co-presenters: Lea Ann Germinder, APR and Adrian Hochstadt, Assistant Director for State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs American Veterinary Medical Association. Story in Convention Daily News.


“Brain Dead Fat Cats: Feline Enrichment” and “Kitty-K: Kitten Socialization”

ImageConference of the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention, Honolulu, HI

July, 2006

Co-presenter, Dr. Kersti Seksel, BVSc (Hons), MRCVS, MA (Hons) FACVSc , Dipl ACVB
Description from AVMA program guide


Guest speaker – Presidential Installation luncheon

ImageConference of the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention, Honolulu, HI; July, 2006


‘Step Up or Get Beat Up: Real World Media/Marketing Training,’ Co-Presenter, Moderator

Western Veterinary Conference, Las Vegas, NV; February, 2006

Co-presenters Lea Ann Germinder, APR; Matt Bubala, president Black Dog Radio Productions. How veterinarians can get involved in their communities, and market their practices – and why they need to do that in the first place. Click here to read a description of the talk from the conference catalog. Click here to read story in Veterinary Practice News. 


‘Lessons from Katrina,’ Moderator

American Humane Association’s Annual Conference at the North American Veterinary Conference, Orlando, FL; January, 2006


Dog Training, Behavior Laboratory, Assistant

North American Veterinary Conference, Orlando, FL; January, 2006

Among those assisting: Dr. Karen Overall, VMD, MA, PhD., Dipl. ACVB


ImageKey Note, Barbara Stein Memorial Lecture

Fall Conference American Association of Feline Practitioners, Chicago, IL; November, 2005

Read story in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.


Guest Speaker

Conference of American Veterinary Medical Association, installation luncheon. Minneapolis, MN; July, 2005


Key Note Address

International Association Animal Behavior Consultants Conference, Baltimore, MD; June, 2005


FIP Symposium Co-Chair

Western Veterinary Conference, Las Vegas, NV; February, 2005

Speakers on Steve’s program include: Niels Pedersen, DVM, School of Veterinary Medicine Center for Companion Animal Health University of California, Davis; Co-Chair Susan Little, Vice-President, DVM, DABVP Winn Feline Foundation, Ottawa, Canada; Danielle Gunn-Moore, BSc, BVM&S, MACVSc, MRCVS, Royal School of Veterinary Studies Summerhall Edinburgh, Scotland; Melissa Kennedy, DVM, PhD, DACVM, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine Dept. of Comparative Medicine; Michele Gaspar, DVM, Chicago, IL. Details on FIP Symposium from Western Veterinary Conference catalog


Feline Enrichment and General Behavior Discussions Co-Presenter and Facilitator

North American Veterinary Conference, Orlando, FL; January, 2005
Co-Presenter Karen Overall, VMD, MA, PhD., Dipl. ACVB


Key Note Address

Conference of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Denver, CO; September, 2004


Key Note Address, Feline Enrichment Presenter

Prairie States Humane Conference, Hoffman Estates, IL; June, 2004


Presenter Behavioral Enrichment in Feline Medicine

Postgraduate Institute of North American Veterinary Conference; Orlando, FL; May, 2004

Also a participant and graduate NAVC Postgraduate Institute, Behavioral Medicine, meeting course required 45 hours. Authored paper for popular press, ‘How to Choose a Dog Trainer.”

“Steve has brought a fresh perspective to our behavior programs. Registrants and instructors are impressed with his practical knowledge of canine and feline behavioral issues. Colin Burrows, BVetMed, Ph.D., MRCVS. executive director North American Veterinary Conference, Chair of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and Chief of Staff of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.


Animal Assisted Therapy Symposium Co-Presenter and Chair

Western Veterinary Conference, Las Vegas, NV; February, 2004

Co-Presenters: Judy Keitz and Lisa Crosett of Chenny Troupe in Chicago, and Rebecca Johnson, PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, Columbia; endowed chair at the Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri.


Feline Enrichment and ‘How to Talk to the Media’ Presenter

Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, Schaumburg, IL; January, 2004


Media Training Panelist

Western Veterinary Conference, Las Vegas, NV; February, 2003

Panelists: Jim Humphries, DVM and Lowell Ackerman, DVM, DACVD, MBA, MPA.


Canine Enrichment/Feline Enrichment Presenter

Kansas State Veterinary Medical Association, Wichita, KS; January, 2003


Feline Enrichment, Chair and Co-Presenter; “Real Life Media” Presenter and Co-Presenter

Conference of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Nashville, TN; July, 2002

Co-Presenter Feline Enrichment Pam Johnson Bennett, CABC Co-Presenters “Real Life Media:” Journalist Darlene Arden, CDBC; feline behavior consultant and author Pam Johnson Bennett, CABC; and private practitioners Sheldon Rubin, DVM; Jeff Werber, DVM.



Pawsitive Interactions Human/Animal Bond Summit, Atlanta, GA; April, 2002.

Panel Members: Alan Beck, director Center for the Human-Animal Bond, School of Veterinary Medicine Purdue University, Lafayette, IN; Marty Becker DVM, ABC-TV; Sandra Barker, PhD, director Center for Human-Animal InterAction, Virginia Commonwealth University; Edward Creagan, M.D. past president, professor medical oncology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.


Veterinary Economics Chair and Facilitator

Western Veterinary Conference, Las Vegas, NV; February, 2002

Speakers on Steve’s Panel: Practice consultant Tom Cantanzarro, DVM, MHA, FACHE, Dipl. ACHE; practitioner John Cirabassi, DVM; practice consultant Marsha Heinke, DVM, CPA; David Knight, DVM, DACVIM charter member of the American College of Internal Medicine, American Heartworm Society, professor of Veterinary Cardiology at Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia; Chicago Sheldon Rubin, DVM.


Master of Ceremonies

Dog Writer’s Association of America Awards Banquet in conjunction with Westminster, New York, NY; February 2002 and February 2000


Media Training Panelist

AVMA Leadership Conference, Chicago, IL; January, 2002

Panel facilitator: Dave Baum, Chicago media personality


Moderator: Search and Rescue Dog Heroes

Tufts Animal Expo, Boston, MA; November, 2001

Participants included search and rescue dogs at the World Trade Center and Pentagon after 9/11.


Guest Speaker

Forum of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Chicago, IL; June, 1999.


Keynote Address

Cat Writers’ Association Awards Banquet, Kansas City, MO; November, 1998

  • Steve’s regularly speaks to shelter personnel at facilities around the country on behavioral enrichment.
  • Steve speaks for shelters, rescue groups and at other animal-related organizations at fundraising events. In 2003 Steve helped to organize the now annual Take Your Dog to Dinner benefit for the Chenny Troupe (an animal assisted therapy organization).

ImageFor a list of Chicago area appearances in 2004, click here: Chicago Area Appearances.

  • Announcer for Groups, and Best in Show Competition International Kennel Club of Chicago dog show, 1993 to present.
  • Host of Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Public Education program at Chicagoland Family Pet Show, 1995 to 2003. Emcee Most Lovable Pooch Contest, Chicagoland Family Pet Show, 2000 to present.
  • Steve’s been a panelist many times at the annual Cat Writers’ Association Professional Writing Conference.


Lucy Goes to the Dogs: Steve speaks at the historic Reg Lenna Civic Center in Jamestown, New York at the Lucy-Desi Museum's annual Lucille Ball Birthday Celebration in the legendary comedienne's hometown. Steve reminisced about his conversations with Lucy, and her wacky experiences on the set with animals, 2003.