Richard graduated from the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science in 1978, after which he worked in mixed and small animal practices in and around the Midlands. Richard obtained the UK and European Diplomas in Veterinary Dermatology, followed by a PhD, from practice. He has since focused entirely on small animals.
Richard has published 29 scientific papers and co-authored textbooks on ear disease, and recently, a textbook on ear, nose and throat disease. His special interests are in-ear disease, bacterial skin disease and allergy in the dog and the cat.