Background and Education:
Veterinary School: Kansas State University
Dr. Richard (Rick) Groff attended Kansas State University for both his undergraduate education as well as veterinary school. Prior to joining SAGE in 2012, he was the Medical Director of the Contra Costa Veterinary Emergency Center (CCVEC). Dr. Groff began his emergency medicine career in Dublin, CA and completed externships in emergency veterinary medicine at both the Animal Medical Center in NYC as well as UC Davis. Dr. Groff was also awarded the Don Low Fellowship by the California Veterinary Medical Association in 1999. Dr. Groff has a particular interest in toxicology and has written and lectured extensively on the subject.
When not practicing, Rick enjoys road and mountain biking, hiking, and downhill skiing. Rick was drawn to veterinary medicine by the experience of working for his dad, a family veterinarian in his native Lincoln, Nebraska. He began shadowing his dad in the practice at the age of five, learning veterinary medicine literally from the ground up — cleaning the bottom row of kennels!