Richard studied a Bachelor of Science majoring in Microbiology and Zoology, followed by an Honours year in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. He then completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria. Richard joined a small animal referral practice and started working as a referral veterinarian while studying for a Masters in Veterinary Medicine. Two years later, Richard was employed by the University of Pretoria as a Lecturer in Medicine. During this time, he completed a Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine through the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. After a short stint in private specialist practice, Richard once again heeded the clarion call of academia and joined the medicine team at Massey University. He is now based at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, as a Senior Lecturer in Internal Medicine.