Richard Rusk received his Bachelor’s degree of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1992 and his Medical Doctors degree in 2005 from University of Manitoba. He went on to specialise in Public Health with an emphasis on Zoonotic diseases. He worked as a Medical Officer of Health for the Health Ministry in Manitoba, with a focus on developing a One Health approach to zoonotic disease management in the health industry. He has been instrumental in developing the One Welfare aspect of One Health in Canada through collaborative work between Manitoba Agriculture and Manitoba Health and nationally through work with the National Farm Animal Health and Welfare Council.
In his spare time, he works in a community medicine practice, helps with teaching medical students and does triathlon.