Richard graduated as a veterinarian from The University of Sydney in 1980 and spent several years in small and mixed animal practice on the NSW south coast and in the United Kingdom before undergoing training in veterinary pathology with NSW Agriculture at the Regional Veterinary Laboratory Wollongbar (1983-84) and Wagga Wagga (1984-87). In 1988 Richard began full time research work at the Veterinary Research Station Glenfield, which moved to Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute when it opened in 1990. He studied the microbiology, virology and immunology of economically significant diseases of sheep and fish, and completed a PhD in 1994 on the immunology ofDichelobacter nodosus infection in sheep at the University of Sydney. Richard was appointed as the Chair of Farm Animal Health in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney in 2002. There he developed a major research program in pathobiology and epidemiology, which included international projects. He led the ISO17025 accreditation of specialist infectious diseases laboratories at Camden. He supervised many post graduate research scholars and lectured in veterinary public health, microbiology, pathology and ruminant and aquatic animal health. He was the inaugural chair of the Veterinary Public Health Management Program, a unique post graduate course work degree for animal health professionals. Richard retired from full time academic work in 2017.