Richard graduated from University College Dublin Veterinary College In June 1983. He immediately went into mixed practice in Co Donegal gaining expertise in bovine, ovine, and equine medicine. In 1985 he emigrated to Australia and specialised In Greyhound and Companion Animal Medicine. He also spent some time with world renowned equine expert Michael Sadlier on Warwick Farm Race Track In Sydney. In 1995 Richard built his own purpose built veterinary hospital, Hurley’s Veterinary Hospital, at Brewery Road, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland. Richard is a past Chairman of the Kerry Veterinary Clinical Society and Patron to the New Veterinary Teaching Hospital In UCD. He and his family live with Coco (dog) and Tiffany (cat) and breed Pedigree Chihuahuas.