A native of Oxford, Georgia, Dr. Rick Wearing attended the College of Charleston where he received his undergraduate degree in Biology with a concentration in medicine. He then attended the University of Tennessee and graduated with a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine in 1995. In 1996, Dr. Wearing joined VCA Ragland and Riley Animal Hospital where he practiced small animal medicine and surgery. He became board certified in canine and feline practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2012. Since that time, Dr. Wearing's affinity for surgery has increased and is currently his primary occupation.
In 2018, Dr. Wearing joined the VCA RIVER staff and in January of 2021, Dr. Wearing became the Interim Medical Director at VCA RIVER. Dr. Wearing and his wife, Lisa (also a veterinarian), have 4 children, a pug, two cats and a Guinea Pig who keep them very busy outside of work. Dr. Wearing says he is extremely grateful for the people who trust in and allow him the opportunity to take care of their pets.