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Mrs Caroline Freedman BSc MR(Pharm)S


Caroline Freedman, with her dogs Oscar and Ollie

Caroline Freedman graduated from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University in 1976 with a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacy, and became an MR(Pharm)S after completing a year’s practical experience in retail.

As a grateful client of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies’ Small Animal Hospital, she launched their Ultrasound Appeal in October 2001 and subsequently raised £87,600 for them to purchase a state-of-the-art scanner.

At the start of this campaign Caroline was invited onto the R(D)SVS Council of Friends and in 2004 received the IFAW Animal Action Award for Animal Welfare Fundraiser of the Year.

Caroline continued fundraising for the R(D)SVS by establishing their SPACE (Small Patient Animal Care & Equipment) Fund. She is now joining their newly established Development Board which supports the School’s extensive fundraising programme.

Caroline became an Edinburgh University-appointed member of RCVS Council in 2005.

Outside her fundraising activities, she enjoys walking her two miniature schnauzers, Oscar & Ollie, and attending the ballet and theatre.


Council Member category

  • Appointed: University of Edinburgh, 2005 - 2014


Committee membership

  • Standards Committee


Declaration of Interests


Responsible for the day-to-day management of two businesses:

  • Blenheim Properties
    Property company jointly owned by my husband and myself
  • Rennaissance Framing
    Retail framing business





Appointments to other bodies

Member, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, MRPharmS

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • Member of Council of Friends, The Royal Dick School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh
     - The Council of Friends of the Dick Vet consists of a group of alumni and friends who have come together to ensure that the School continues to play a leading role in pioneering veterinary medicine, not only in the U.K., but also throughout the world. Also supports fundraising to assist in the initiation of major schemes.
  • The Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies' Development Board
     - Established in February 2009 the Development Board will provide strategic advice and support for the School's fundraising programme, complementing the University's 'Edinburgh Campaign'
  • RCVS

      - Appointed by Edinburgh University as a Council Member in 2005

      - Lay Member of Practice Standards Scheme Group from March 2012

      - Member of Nominations Review Group 2012


Self-employed - see Directorships

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)

  • BSc(Hons)
  • MR(Pharm)S

Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

See below

Other relevant information














Voluntary fundraiser for the University of Edinburgh’s Royal Dick School of Veterinary Medicine since 2001. A client of their Small Animal Hospital since it opened in 1999 and originally their Summerhall Clinic from 1991.

After raising £87,600 for an ultrasound scanner in 2003, I was awarded the IFAW animal Action Award for Fundraiser of the Year at the House of Lords in October 2004. I then continued my fundraising efforts by establishing the S.P.A.C.E. Fund (Small Patient Animal Care & Equipment Fund).

Involved, on a voluntary basis, in the fundraising initiatives for the relocation of the entire Vet School to their Easter Bush Site, where the Small & Large Animal Hospitals are situated and also the establishment of the Cancer Care Centre.

In 2010, I was responsible for the concept and project management to create the Dick Vet Hospital Garden from a 2.5 acre field close to the Hospital for Small Animals and the newly built Vet Teaching Building. The garden’s transformation was chosen as a suitable Community project to be filmed and televised by BBC Scotland’s Beechgrove Garden. The Garden’s development, and my involvement with it, are on going and will continue to generate future fundraising for the benefit of both the Small and Large Animal Hospitals; as well as enhancing the well-being of the students, staff and clients who have access to this facility.

Guest lecturer for occasional lecture to Dick Vet students on Animal/Human Bond & Fundraising.

All my activities for the Dick Vet are on an entirely voluntary basis.

I continue to be a client of the Dick Vet Hospital for Small Animals.
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