Lock Lomond, Scotland
Dr Freda Scott-Park BVM&S, PhD, Hon.DVM&S, MRCVS is a veterinary surgeon living and working in Scotland. Her paid work is reading ECGs derived from studies into new pharmaceutical compounds with a view to detecting cardiac abnormalities that could be a problem in their clinical use in humans.
In a pro bono role, Freda has been associated with the Links Group (a committed multi-agency interest group that promotes the welfare and safety of vulnerable children, animals and adults so that they are free from violence and abuse) since the first Links conference in November 2001. At this conference, the veterinary profession were introduced to the concept of the “battered pet” and further research and clinical evidence was presented, which suggested that there are sometimes inter-relationships commonly referred to as ‘links’, between the abuse of children, vulnerable adults and animals.
During her time as President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and following that, as President of the British Veterinary Association, Freda sought to ensure that veterinary surgeons were made aware of their role in recognising animal abuse, and beyond that, the possibility of associated violence to humans in a violent home.
Freda is currently Chairman of the Links Group (UK), which aims to help all members – humans and animals – of families affected by domestic abuse. The Links Group in the UK offers practical help and advice to vets and health professionals, as well as helping to make people understand why hurting humans and animals is unacceptable.