Rick pursued his education in the US and the UK with a BSciBiol in 1994 (STAC, New York), a DVM in 1999 after attending Ross and Louisiana State Universities. He obtained his EU veterinary qualification in 2001, a Certificate in Ophthalmology by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in 2004, his DipECVO in 2007 and became Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) for Veterinary Teaching in 2014 through the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), and RCVS Recognised Specialist status in 2016. He commenced his veterinary specialty training in the US in 1999 completed his residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Glasgow and the Eye Veterinary Clinic in 2005, then headed the ophthalmology service in a private practice until late 2011, when he joined the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) to established and direct the Ophthalmology Service and an ECVO Ophthalmology Residency program until he returned to private practice (Specialistische Dierenkliniek Utrecht - SDU Anicura) in the Netherlands in 2017. Rick is the course director of several established ophthalmology courses for veterinarians seeking general training in ophthalmology and lectures around the world. He is an Editorial Board Member of the Veterinary Ophthalmology journal since 2010, and the Senior Editorial Board Member of BMC Veterinary Research, Ophthalmology since 2018. Rick has an active research interest in the cornea, and in corneal and cataract surgery.