30th June 2026
On-Demand Panel Discussion
American Specialist in Large Animal Surgery
David Freeman graduated from the Veterinary College of Ireland, Dublin, in 1972 and then worked in private practice in Ireland for 10 months. He did an equine internship at New Bolton Center of the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 to 1975 and this was followed by a residency in large animal surgery at New Bolton Center from 1975 to 1977. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. From 1981 to 1994, he was an equine surgeon at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania.
He became a board certified surgeon in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1989. He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and became Head of Equine Medicine and Surgery in 1998. In 2004, he joined the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, as Professor of Equine Surgery and Associate Chief of Staff, and subsequently as Service Chief in Large Animal Surgery. He was also interim Department Chair in Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Florida from 2009 to 2012.
He gave the Sir Frederick Hobday Memorial Lecture by invitation from the British Equine Veterinary Association in 2004 and he was recognized by the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, “in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of equine surgery worldwide” In 2011.
He is currently the Martha and Arthur Appleton Endowed Professor in Equine Studies, and Director of the Island Whirl Equine Colic Research Laboratory, University of Florida. David has developed 4 widely used surgical procedures in horses and has described improvements and modifications in others. His main area of clinical interest is improving survival after colic surgery.