Position: Director & Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery
Richard graduated from Veterinary School at Massey University in Palmerston North with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1987.
He spent seven years in general practice in the Waikato. During this time, he worked with both farm animals and pets but developed a special interest in surgery of dogs and cats.
In 1995, Richard began a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University, Texas, USA.
This led to him completing a three year residency program from 1996-99 in small animal surgery also at Texas A&M University. This residency program involved training and experience with all areas of surgery in dogs and cats under the supervision of leading American specialists. In February 2000, Richard sat and passed the Board certification examinations to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in Small Animal Surgery. Richard is a Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery in New Zealand and has been working at the Veterinary Specialist Group since 2001.
Richard is interested in all aspects of surgery of dogs and cats but has special interests in diseases and surgery of the nervous system (particularly surgery of the spine), canine arthroscopy (enabling visualization of the inside of joints without open surgery), and plastic surgery (reconstruction of major skin wounds).
Richard regularly lectures to veterinarians and has published numerous articles on surgical topics in veterinary journals. Richard is married with four teenage children and spends his time away from work watching his children play sport, riding his road bike and struggling through triathlons. He also has a strong affinity with the sand, surf and cafes of Waihi Beach. Richard has a crazy pug puppy (Edna) and one disgruntled Burmese cat (Tusken).