Dr. Richard C. Nap (Rotterdam NL, 1952) graduated as DVM (dierenarts) in 1979 from the Utrecht University after spending a student internship at Michigan State University. He is a specialist in Orthopedic Medicine and Surgery with a Ph.D from the Utrecht University and is a Diplomate of The European College of Veterinary Surgery (ECVS) and The College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (ECVCN) and a member of the AO-Vet group.
During a period of 4 years in private referral practice and 13 years as associate-professor in orthopedic Medicine and Surgery at the Department of Companion Animal Sciences, at the Utrecht University in The Netherlands, he built significant training and experience in orthopedic medicine and surgery. In 1993, he was in the first group of veterinarians to take and pass the board exams for the European College of Veterinary Surgery ECVS, in Cambridge UK. In the same year he defended his thesis (proefschrift) on the “Effects of protein and mineral nutrition on the skeletal development in dogs” (Utrecht 1993). From 1994 till May 2005 Dr. Nap has worked with Iams Europe / Procter & Gamble as Associate-Director with responsibilities Academic Affairs, External Relations and clinical studies.
In 2005 he started “Uppertunity Consultants”, and in 2006 was launch partner of Vetstart International Ltd. an independent academic affair agency. Vetstart was a student marketing program that supported final year students and new graduates in order to make an optimal career start in veterinary practice by providing products and services available from partners and sponsors in the animal health industry and the international veterinary organizations. Dr. Nap sold his shares in VetStart to project partner Vetstream UK.
Dr. Nap initiated his non-profit VetCoach project in 2008. The project aims to inspire and motivate young veterinary professionals around the world by sharing veterinary career learnings as a gift from one generation to the next. VetCoach published over 15,000 books for distribution worldwide. More information on the VetCoach project can be found in www.vetcoach.info as well as in www.facebook.com/vetcoachproject . One VetCoach edition is available as an e-book in www.amazon.com .
Dr. Nap together with Dr. Philippe Moreau published the book “Essentials of Veterinary Practice Management” in 2010. Over 10,000 copies have been sold and the book has been translated into Spanish and French and is available as an e-book in www.amazon.com .
Dr. Nap is the editor of the Spanish edition of the Dutch book on communication for veterinarians and their staff by Wessels, Lam & Jansen “La comunicación del veterinario” (2015) [NL: Hoe laat ik mijn klanten kwispelen?].
Dr. Nap is author and co-author of over 25 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, as well as numerous publications, and congress abstracts. He has presented at scientific meetings around the world (Europe, South Africa, USA, Canada, Asia, Japan, Mexico and South America) at international veterinary congresses, seminars, and symposia, as well as during university lectures, and dog breeder symposia. His favorite topics are 1. Practice Management, Veterinary Communication, Marketing and Sales in the veterinary practice and 2. The relationship between nutrition and skeletal development of bones and joints in the growing dog, as well as the management of overweight. Dr. Nap was the chairman of the FCI scientific committee international advisory expert group on Hip Dysplasia.
Richard Nap is married to Dr. Betina Rama. They enjoy their 4 children, their dog Nala and their Bonzai mini cat Catira. He can be found in Buenos Aires, Argentina as well as in Punta del Este, Uruguay or in The Netherlands.