All Beings Deserve a Decent Quality Life
All Creatures Animal Welfare League
Richard was born in Nairobi, Kenya, raised in Entebbe, Uganda and currently living in Lilongwe Malawi with his wife and three daughters. Growing up in an animal loving household with a single mother, helped nurture his love for animals which has led him to his life long challenge of working with people to help the animals in order to promote animal welfare and curtail suffering.
Upon graduating from Makerere University-with a Bachelors of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, Richard immediately started off his professional veterinary career with a then newly formed animal welfare charity called the Uganda Society for the Protection and Care of Animals. This was at the time when all the qualifying veterinarians were automatically employed by government. The resolve to join animal welfare work was much stronger that the promise of a quick and easy government job that was on offer at the time. His work in development of the USPCA was forestalled with IFAW’s opportunity to extend his welfare work to wildlife through working with the man’s closest animals on Ngamba Island on Lake Victoria.
In his seven years on Ngamba Island, he took on a joint position at the Jane Goodall Institute and the Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust as the a Field Programs Manager and Sanctuary Manager respectively. Within the same he served as Operations Director of the Trust until he was invited as a veterinary consultant to a Born Free Sanctuary in Lilongwe in 2008.
Due to the critical need for his experience in the both animal welfare and wildlife experience, Richard took on the ever challenging duty of running the veterinary programme at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre as well as the RSPCA International, consultancy to establish and set up the Lilongwe Society and Protection of Animals at the same time. In 2012, the LSPCA responsibility was elevated to Programmes Director as his sole concern until the end of 2015, when he conceptualized a more holistic approach to animal welfare that would be best advanced in a new charity and this resulted in the birth of All Creatures Animal Welfare League Trust.
Richard has a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (Makerere University), Master of Science from Royal Veterinary College (University of London), Completing Msc International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law at the Royal Dick School of Medical and Veterinary Sciences (University of Edinburgh).Dr. Ssuna was also recognised with prestigious William Wilberforce Award in 2012 for the promotion of animal welfare and community livelihoods and current World Animal Day Ambassador for Malawi.
To improve animal welfare by the promoting environment stewardship and sustainable living through the provision veterinary services, research, awareness, advocacy and policy.
Making the world a desirable place for all beings. All Creatures Great and Small, the Lord God made them all.
•Community engagement and empowerment