Douglas A. Freeman, January 2017

Douglas A. Freeman, DVM, PhD, DIPL. ACT

Professor and Dean of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), University of Saskatchewan

School of Veterinary Medicine Keynote Speaker – January 28, 2017


Dr. Douglas A. Freeman is Professor and Dean of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), University of Saskatchewan, a regional program serving western Canada. His accomplishments as Dean include the establishment of an annual One Health leadership conference for University of Saskatchewan health science students and the joint development of Canada’s first veterinary social work program with the University of Regina. Dr. Freeman led the completion of an eight-year, $78-million infrastructure project at the WCVM, as well as significant expansion in college research, educational programs, and engagement of native peoples. These include a wellness program focusing on primary patient care and a service learning program that takes students, faculty, and staff to remote native communities for veterinary services and outreach.

Dr. Freeman was previously a professor and head of two departments at North Dakota State University from 2001 to 2010. During that time, he also served for two years 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 in the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT).

Dr. Freeman has worked in both clinical science and basic science departments at academic institutions in the US and internationally. His experience also includes private veterinary practice and veterinary professional services in the animal health industry. Dr. Freeman is Past President of the ACT and is a 2006-2007 Fellow of the American Council on Education. He is a member of the AAVMC Board of Directors and is the association’s current president. Dr. Freeman is a member and past chair of the U of S Council of Health Science Deans as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the U of S-based Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac).