Western College of Veterinary Medicine


Dr. Freeman is a professor in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and the college's former dean (2010 to 2020).

His accomplishments include the establishment of an annual One Health leadership conference for health science students and the development of Canada’s first veterinary social work program with the University of Regina. He has supported the creation of a wellness program and a service learning program that takes students, faculty and staff to remote Indigenous communities for veterinary services and outreach.

He has fostered partnerships across campus and beyond, including traditional engagement with agriculture and with all health professions. He has helped to establish key USask partnerships including the Global Institute for Food Security, the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation and the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence.

Dr. Freeman was previously a professor and department head at North Dakota State University as well as director of the Great Plains Institute of Food Safety. He completed a DVM degree, clinical residency and a MS degree in theriogenology at the University of Minnesota. He received a PhD degree in reproductive physiology from the University of Idaho and is a Diplomate with the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT).

He is past-president of ACT, a former Fellow of the American Council on Education and past-president of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). He is a member and past chair of the USask Council of Health Science Deans as well as a board member for the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac).

Academic Credentials

  • BS, University of Minnesota (1981)
  • DVM, University of Minnesota (1983)
  • MS and Residency in Theriogenology, University of Minnesota (1987)
  • PhD, Washington State University and University of Idaho (1991)