After being selected for a BBC veterinary documentary, Steve Leonard went on to take British television by storm, winning the heart of the nation. The celebrity personality has travelled the world, filming some of the most popular nature documentaries on British television; including Ultimate Killers and Extreme Animals.
As an after dinner speaker, Steve enthrals audiences with his diverse range of anecdotes, from the perspective of not just a television presenter, but a veterinarian too. No stranger to the screen, his confidence and charisma leaves audiences enamoured and on the edge of their seats. When hosting events, Steve perfectly compliments an extensive range of themes, making him highly sought after on the circuit.
While studying at Bristol University Veterinary School, where he earned a degree in veterinary science, Steve was approached by the BBC to take part in their documentary series, Vets' School, in 1996. Though Steve agreed to take part in the programme "just for a laugh" and he found great success on the show, which was later followed by Vets in Practice and Vets in the Wild. After finding fame on the show, he left the veterinary industry to join the BBC's Natural History Unit, starring in Ultimate Killers. Steve travelled the world with the show, from Indonesia to India, meaning that his after dinner audiences get to journey with him through Steve's stories. A truly insightful individual, guests of Steve's speeches enjoy his behind the scenes look into the worlds' wildlife.
Alongside his brother, Tom Leonard, Steve works at the Leonard Brothers Veterinary Centre, a veterinary practice that uses family values to connect with clients. Steve now juggles his career as a vet with his television roles, which include Return to… Vets in Practice in 2008 and the Orangutan Diary, with co-presenter, Michaela Strachan. Passionate about reconnecting the public with nature, he also launched the Open Air Laboratories Network (OPAL) soil and earthworm survey in 2009.
In 2017, he passed his BSAVA Certificate in Small Animal Medicine, a reflection of Steve's diverse set of skills. Audiences of Steve's speeches benefit from his diverse knowledge, which resonates with guests of all backgrounds - from vets to the general public. Captivating and charismatic, Steve's incredible career makes for a highly interesting after dinner speech.