Richard C. F. Burgess, BVM&S, MS
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal, President, Maryland Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. Burgess is originally from the United Kingdom, where he grew up around dogs, cats, horses and small furry creatures. In 2002, he graduated as the Pfizer veterinary student of the year, from the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland and became a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
After graduation he worked as a small animal veterinarian for 2 ½ years in Manchester, England. During this time he took advanced training courses in ultrasonography and fracture management and developed his interest in small animal surgery. Dr. Burgess spent a year working and traveling in New Zealand and Australia prior to completing a small animal rotating internship at Mississippi State University. During his internship he conducted a biomechanical study to help better understand cranial cruciate disease in dogs.
Dr. Burgess completed his surgical residency at Purdue University, Indiana. At Purdue, he was enrolled in a Masters of Science program, taught veterinary students and worked in the university teaching hospital. Dr. Burgess gained a wide range of orthopedic, neurological and soft tissue surgical experience, including minimally invasive techniques. He received extensive training in laparoscopy and arthroscopy and worked closely with the neurological service at Purdue. He attended advanced course on fracture management, arthroscopy and total joint replacement. His research focused mainly on minimally invasive surgery and total hip replacement surgery in dogs, specifically looking at bone in-growth into metal implants, which will help reduce the need for implant replacement. Dr. Burgess was part of the pioneering team at Purdue that investigated the feasibility of Natural Orifice Trans-lumenal Endoscopic Surgery (N.O.T.E.S.) in dogs.
Dr. Burgess started with Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists in 2010 and became a co-owner of the practice in 2015. He passed the American College of Veterinary Surgeons board examination in 2011 and carries diplomate status. Dr. Burgess has peer-reviewed a number of veterinary surgical texts. He has published scientific papers in a number of peer reviewed veterinary journals and has lectured at state and national conferences. His current interests include minimally invasive procedures, critical care and traumatology. He performs orthopedic, soft tissue and neurological surgeries on a regular basis.
Dr. Burgess has served on the board of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) for the last seven years and is currently the President. He is also a member of: the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American college of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and the Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery (SVSTS).
In his spare time, Dr. Burgess is either swimming, running or doing home improvements. In 2009 he completed the Indianapolis marathon and has run a number of half marathons and triathlons. Dr. Burgess has three young children and a black Labrador rescue.