Dr. Bibi Freer earned her DVM from North Carolina State University in 1988. She did her internship at Apex Equine Hospital, a full service facility outside Raleigh, with an emphasis on lameness and reproduction. In 1990 Bibi moved to Columbus, NC, and founded Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital, drawing on her Scottish heritage for a name meaning "beautiful hillside." Over the years Bonnie Brae took on partners, added a small-animal side, and expanded its equine practice to a premier regional medical and surgical referral facility.
Bibi left Bonnie Brae in 2005 to create a simpler, more personal business that allows her more time for her family: Freer Equine. After 13 years back in solo practice, Bibi decided to partner with Dr.Grace Buchanan in 2019, creating Hunt Country Equine. Bibi is passionate about improving the practice of veterinary medicine and sharing her knowledge. She, along with a group of farrier friends, started a monthly collaborative meeting called “Farrier Jam Sessions” in 2010 where vets and farriers get together to work on difficult cases and improve vet/farrier relations while learning together. She is also an
active member of the Association of Equine Practitioners where she is the organizer for student podiatry workshops throughout the country as well as serving on Vet/Farrier relations and membership development committees. From 2014 to 2017 she served as a member of the Board of Directors for the AAEP.
Although Bibi was born into a non-horsey family, “horse” was reportedly her very first word. She spent much of her childhood at Bone’s Stable in Rocky Mount, NC, where she boarded a variety of “backyard” horses. One of her finds was a $300 Saddlebred filly that she ultimately rode to the NC State Championship. Bibi ran the Warren Wilson College riding program while earning an undergraduate degree there, and then galloped racehorses for Hall of Fame Trainer Charlie Whittingham at Santa Anita, California, for two years. She has shown hunters, foxhunted, and helped her Montana friends with their annual Spring round-up of ranch horses from thousands of acres of winter pasture.