Richard Bachman Obituary (2022) – Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Richard Wayne
Bachman, DVM
Dr Richard Wayne Bachman, DVM, died on Sunday March 20, 2022, while tending to his property on Burnside Road. Born on April 1, 1953, Dr. Bachman has lived his life one adventure at a time. Affectionately called ‘Dr B’ by colleagues, ‘Ricky’ by friends and ‘Dad’ by his beloved daughters Gail and Anna. Dr. Bachman wore many hats throughout his life, but he was best known and appreciated for the work he did as a small animal veterinarian.
Dr. Bachman received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from UC Davis in 1982 and began his career as a veterinarian on a cattle ship near Tunisia. Dr. Bachman was his own boss for most of his career. He first owned Northtown Animal Hospital in Santa Rosa for 18 years, then started his own private consulting firm, Shelter Medicine Support (SMS). As director of SMS, Dr. Bachman engaged city animal agencies as well as nonprofit animal welfare groups to design, develop, and manage their medical programs. He was instrumental in the development and growth of shelter medicine programs in Sonoma County, Napa County, Contra Costa County, and Lake County. In 1999, he received the Shelter Veterinarian of the Year award from the American Humane Association.
In addition to his work in the development of shelter medicine, Dr. Bachman was a skilled surgeon and never shied away from a difficult case. During his career he rescued many animals that would be considered unsalvageable by most. He is also dedicated to educating the next generation of veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Dr B was an admired mentor to many colleagues and students – he was “a good man who brought good people together to do good things”.
Northern California has always been his home base, but Dr. Bachman’s work in animal welfare has also had an international impact through his work in India, Romania, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and in Mexico, where he mainly participated in refuge operations and sterilization projects.
Ricky was an avid rugby player in college and years later, often trying to “bury his boots” only to dig them up the following season for one last game. He loved sports and those with whom he played. It was a common thread throughout his life and brought him great joy even after his transition from the pitch to the sidelines.
For the past few years, Rick has enjoyed touring the house or working on his property. He loved collecting “treasurers” and always had an eye on what something might turn out to be with just a little elbow grease. Many will remember Rick as a one-of-a-kind individual, a man who lived his life on his own terms but would drop everything to help a friend or family member in need.
Rick is survived by his daughter Gail, his wife Patty and his two children Abby and Andrew, as well as his dear furry friends, Lefty, Sir and Sandy.
A celebration of life with family, friends and colleagues will be planned for later this summer. Donations to honor the life and work of Dr. Bachman can be made by check payable to Lake County Animal Care & Control, 4949 Hellish Dr, Lakeport, CA 95453 (please write “Donation” in the memo line of the check) or Napa Humane http://napahumane.org/donate.

Published by Press Democrat on March 27, 2022.