Richard is President of WVPA Belgian branch since 1991 and also a Past-President of the ESVP. He is also a member of the board of directors at Ghent University. His research is mainly in gastro-intestinal health, with a focus on poultry and pigs. He has mentored more than 20 PhD theses in this field of research. As well as being an author or co-author of more than 650 scientific publications he has been an invited speaker at more than 80 national and international congresses and is an inventor of more than 10 patents.