Meet the Doctor

Barry Rickman, VMD, PhD, DACVP

I started Peaceful Companion in 2011 because I wanted to provide quality of life even at the end of life. As friends and clients asked me to help their animals in the last phase of their lives, I realized there is a need for a service that would not only provide caring for the pet, but also support and education for the whole family.

I studied veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a veterinary pathology fellowship at the University of Washington. I have worked in small animal private practice, emergency medicine, in academia, in government and as a diagnostic pathologist. I have a strong knowledge of both clinical medicine and pathology. My family and I moved to the Seattle area in 2002. We left for 1.5 years and lived in Australia where I was on the faculty at the University of Sydney Veterinary School from 2016 to summer 2017. I am glad to be back and practicing in the Seattle area.

I am an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC), Puget Sound Veterinary Medical Association, Washington State Veterinary Medical Association and The American College of Veterinary Pathologists.