Meet the Staff

Vivian W. Freer DVM (Bibi)

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, a mobile equine practice combining expert care and state-of-art equipment delivered to the farm. Services include routine care, pre-purchase exams, lameness evaluations, emergency care, an equine wellness program and – Bibi’s favorite – reproductive services.

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 also shown hunters, foxhunted Bibi now enjoys trail riding and helps some Montana friends with their annual Spring round-up of ranch horses from thousands of acres of winter pasture.

Click here for feature articles on Bibi Freer from
The Tryon Daily Bulletin and Appointments.

Stephanie Fier, Administration
Stephanie Fier wears many hats at Freer Equine, from scheduling, record-keeping and accounting to “whatever else Bibi needs me to do.” Stephanie has been with the practice since it was started and previously worked with Bibi for two years at Bonnie Brae Veterinary Clinic in Tryon.
A daughter, Taylor 15, and son, Drew 11, keep Stephanie and her husband busy enough with sports and other interests that Stephanie’s current off-duty horse activities are confined to caring for her mom’s three miniatures.