Luke was born and raised in Abbotsford BC. His childhood consisted of many long hours picking eggs on the family farm which eventually diversified into broilers and turkeys. Luke attended the University of Alberta working towards a BSc in Animal Science. He was accepted into Vet School soon after and received his DVM from the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Nickel completed his Masters in Avian Health and Management through the University of Georgia in May 2020. He led the opening of the Poultry Health Services branch in Abbotsford, BC and continues as the managing veterinarian for operations in BC. Luke’s main interests include on farm management and diagnostics along with water fowl medicine.