Richard McMullen graduated from Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität (LMU), Munich, Germany in 2002. From 2002 to 2005 he pursued and defended his doctoral research on Equine keratitis and the possible involvement of equine adenovirus type 1 (EAdV1) and equine adenovirus type 2 (EAdV2) under the supervision of Prof. H. Gerhards, as a staff veterinarian in the LMU’s Clinic for Horses. In 2005 Dr. McMullen successfully defended his doctoral thesis and was awarded the title of Doctor medicinae veterinarae, and the following year he successfully completed certification in equine ophthalmology before leaving Munich for Raleigh, North Carolina.
At North Carolina State University (NCSU), Dr. McMullen was a comparative ophthalmology resident from 2006 to 2009, and he transitioned into a faculty position immediately upon completion of his residency in 2009, where he was an an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology until November 2012. Despite his leaving NCSU he will remain affiliated with the university as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Dr. McMullen is a charter member of the IEOC and currently serves as a member of the Public Relations Committee and the Planning Committee.
While at NCSU Dr. McMullen’s research efforts concentrated on equine ophthalmology, specifically equine cataract surgery and determining the necessary refractive power of intraocular lens (IOL) implants in this species,. Additionally, he pioneered the use of infrared photography as an adjunctive means of assessing the anterior segment in animals and the evaluation of endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation as treatment for glaucoma in the horse. . Currently, his research efforts concentrate on naturally occurring refractive errors in the horse and their influence on vision, and standing ophthalmic surgery on horses under sedation.
After 6.5 fruitful years at NCSU, Dr. McMullen has returned to Germany and will be starting an equine ophthalmology service within the Munich-Riem Equine Clinic in Munich, Germany owned by Dr. Dietz Donandt, In January, 2013.