Rick was born in Spain and followed 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, a Certificate in Ophthalmology issued by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in 2004, DipECVO status in 2007, a veterinary teaching degree (FHEA) through the RVC in 2014, and RCVS Recognised Specialist status in 2016. He commenced his veterinary specialty training in the US in 1999, and in 2002 moved to Barcelona to obtain a European veterinary qualification. He 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. He settled in Holland (Specialistische Dierenkliniek Utrecht - SDU) in 2017. Rick lectures around the world, is an Editorial Board Member of the Veterinary Ophthalmology journal since 2010, and has active research interest in the cornea, corneal surgery, cataract surgery and glaucoma.