Dr. Douglas Freeman Appointed Saskatchewan Dean

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The University of Saskatchewan’s Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. Douglas Freeman as the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) new dean.

Freeman, who begins his five-year term March 1, 2010, will become the regional veterinary college’s sixth dean in its 45-year history. He will replace Dr. Charles Rhodes, the WCVM’s dean since 2002. Rhodes is retiring after 39 years of service with the college.

“Dr. Freeman’s broad experience, his approachable personality and his collaborative manner will make an excellent fit with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Saskatchewan,” said Brett Fairbairn, the university’s provost and vice president. “These qualities will serve him well in his new role as one of Canada’s key leaders in veterinary education, animal health, public health and food safety.”

Located at the University of Saskatchewan, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine is Western Canada’s premier center of veterinary education, research and expertise, and an integral member of Canada’s veterinary, public health and food safety network. More than 400 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at the internationally recognized institution that includes a veterinary teaching hospital, provincial diagnostics laboratory and research facilities.