1980 BVSc (Hons 1, University Medal)
1980 – 1983 Veterinary practice
1984 – 2002 NSW Agriculture and Fisheries
2002 – present The University of Sydney
2002 Ian Clunies Ross Award, Australian College of Veterinary Scientists
Specialist registration in Veterinary Pathobiology
Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology
Richard aims to improve understanding of host-pathogen-environment interactions leading to effective disease control strategies. He has been actively engaged in aquatic animal health health since 1984. He graduated from The University of Sydney in 1980 and spent several years in veterinary practice on the NSW south coast and in the United Kingdom before undergoing training with NSW Agriculture and Fisheries in Veterinary Pathology. Following five years as a diagnostic pathologist Richard commenced research full time at the Veterinary Research Station, Glenfield and Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, working in microbiology, virology and immunology of economically significant diseases of aquatic and terrestrial animals.
Richard was appointed Chair of Farm Animal Health at the University of Sydney in 2002, where he led research on infectious diseases. His multidisciplinary activity encompassed epidemiology, diagnostic test development and validation, biosecurity, import risk analysis for aquatic animal health, and the impact of viral infections on aquaculture and biodiversity. He was responsible for NATA accreditation of the diagnostic laboratory, the first in an Australian veterinary school. Major studies involved vaccine development, molecular studies of viruses and bacteria, immune responses and pathology in individual animals and animal populations. Richard also led aquatic animal health projects for poverty alleviation and food security in Indonesia for ACIAR. He taught in veterinary public health (epidemiology), principles of disease, microbiology, virology, pathology, ruminant health, and aquatic animal health and he was the inaugural chair of the Veterinary Public Health Management masters degree program. Richard was OIE-nominated technical expert on EHN virus and ranavirus and with collaborators in CSIRO managed the OIE international reference laboratories for these diseases. He was a long term member of Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram Scientific Advisory Committee and represented Australian Universities on the Sub-Committee for Aquatic Animal Health, stepping down from these roles in 2017. He is member of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (Iridoviruses).
In 2017 Richard accepted a new role as Emeritus Professor in the School of Veterinary Science within the Faculty of Science, where he remains engaged in research. He is affiliated with The University of Sydney Marine Studies Institute, the Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases and the Sydney Institute of Agriculture. He is a member or board member of national and international scientific committees.