Before becoming dean of the WCVM in 2010, Dr. Freeman gained a valuable range of experience as a veterinary practitioner, an administrator of clinical and diagnostic services, a researcher and an academic department head. From 2001 to 2010, Dr. Freeman was a professor and head of two departments — Veterinary Diagnostic Services and Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences — at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D.
Dr. Freeman completed a Bachelor of Science degree, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a clinical residency and a Master of Science degree in theriogenology at the University of Minnesota. He received a PhD in reproductive physiology from the University of Idaho and is a diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists.
Dr. Freeman has worked in the clinical science and basic science departments of academic institutions in the United States as well as overseas. His experience also includes private veterinary practice and veterinary professional services in the animal health industry. He is a past president of the American College of Theriogenologists and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).
During his term at North Dakota State University, Dr. Freeman served as director of the NDSU’s Great Plains Institute of Food Safety for two years and led multi-disciplinary research programs in disease surveillance, public health and food safety. He was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow in 2006 and spent one year at the University of Minnesota where he gained experience in academic leadership and administration of the university’s Academic Health Center.