Department: Clinical Science and Services

Campus: Hawkshead

Clinical Groups: Small Animal Ophthalmology

Rick is the senior ophthalmologist and a Lecturer of the Ophthalmology Service at the Royal Veterinary College. He is an Editorial Board Member of the Veterinary Ophthalmology Journal, an active member of the ECVO as member and co-founder of the Communication Committee and a mentor of an ECVO approved regular training route residency program at the RVC.


Rick became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (DipECVO) in 2007. He is a Spanish national and followed his education in the US and the UK. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in St. Thomas Aquinas College, in New York in 1994 and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM) after attending Ross and Louisiana State Universities in 1999. He commenced his specialty training in the US and later moved to the EU where he attended the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) to obtain his European veterinary qualification in 2002. Since, Rick obtained his RCVS certificate in ophthalmology (UK) and completed his residency training at the University of Glasgow and the Eye Veterinary Clinic, in Herefordshire, England, after which he obtained his DipECVO in 2007. Then, he headed the ophthalmology service in a private practice in England from 2006 until 2011. That same year he joined the Royal Veterinary College of the University of London as a Lecturer to re-launch and lead the new Ophthalmology Service at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA).

He has active research interest in diseases and surgery of the cornea, as well as cataract surgery and the clinical management of glaucoma in all species.

For an up-to-date list of publications please see

He is interested in all clinical surgical and medical aspects of veterinary ophthalmology with a special interest in corneal and lens surgery, and glaucoma.

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