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Paul Freeman

Paul Freeman


Clinical Neurologist

Professional history

Paul graduated from Cambridge in 1987 and then spent 6 years in mixed practice in Yorkshire and Suffolk. In 1993 he gained the RCVS certificate in small animal orthopaedics, and went on to develop a referral centre for orthopaedics and neurology in his home county of Essex.

Paul gained the European Diploma in Veterinary Neurology in 2014, and in 2016 took up his current post of Principal Clinical Neurologist at the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital in the Department of Veterinary Medicine. The neurology service has grown rapidly over the last few years, and currently employs 3 specialist neurologists as well as a resident in training and service intern. Paul's main areas of interest continue to be in the management of canine spinal cord injury specifically intervertebral disc disease, and he has published review articles in 2017 and 2018 on the role of intervertebral disc fenestration. Despite having a mainly clinical role, Paul manages to combine research and teaching interests with the steadily increasing clinical caseload at QVSH.

Paul has lectured widely both nationally and internationally, and greatly enjoys the teaching aspect of his current role and involvement with veterinary students and residents, as well as working within an experienced team of specialists.  

Research interests

Canine Intervertebral Disc Disease

Intervertebral Disc Fenestration

Canine Epilepsy Management

Spinal Surgery


Jeffrey ND and Freeman P. The role of fenestration in the management of type 1 thoracolumbar disk degeneration. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice (2018) Vol 48, 1.

Freeman P and Jeffery ND. Re-opening the window on fenestration as a treatment for acute thoracolumbar intervertebral disc herniation in dogs. Journal of Small Animal Practice (2017), 58: 199–204.

Serrano G and Freeman P. Neosporosis presenting as temporal muscle atrophy in a dog.” Veterinary Record Case Reports (2017) 5: doi: 10.1136/vetreccr-2016-000380

Monforte Monteiro SR et al, “Medical management of spinal epidural empyema in five dogs”. Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (2017) 249, 10: 1180-1186.

Freeman PM, Holmes MA, Jeffrey ND, Granger N. Time requirement and effect on owners of home-based management of dogs with severe chronic spinal cord injury.  Journal of Veterinary Behavior (2013), 8(6): 439-443

Cashmore RG, Harcourt-Brown TR, Freeman PM, Jeffery ND, Granger N. Clinical diagnosis and treatment of suspected neuropathic pain in three dogs. Australian Veterinary Journal (2009), 87(1): 45-50.

Freeman P. Sacrococcygeal intervertebral disc extrusion in a Dachshund. Veterinary Record (2010), 167(16): 618-9.

Freeman PM, Harcourt-Brown TR, Jeffery ND, Granger N. Electrophysiological evidence of polyneuropathy in a cat with signs of bilateral brachial plexus neuropathy. Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (2009), 234(2):240-4.