Equine Canada marks passing of leading vet Byrnne Rothwell

Dr Byrnne Rothwell, DVM
Dr Byrnne Rothwell, DVMLea

Respected Canadian veterinarian and Equine Canada welfare representative Dr Byrnne Rothwell has died. He was 77.

Rothwell, who died on January 28, was a volunteer on the Equine Canada Health and Welfare Committee representing Provinces. Equine Canada said Rothwell was a dedicated member and attended all meetings providing safe guidance, unfailing accuracy and a wonderful sense of humour. “Those who were fortunate to call him a friend or mentor will always remember his calm and thoughtful approach to every situation.”

Early in his career, Rothwell served as a 4-H club leader, a high school vocational agriculture instructor, and a veterinary adviser to several livestock groups and their board of directors. He also served on the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association committee, including the council, and was president in 1976 to 1977.

Rothwell was a lifetime member of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Following his retirement from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Rothwell assisted the Saskatchewan Horse Federation (becoming an honorary board member) in preparing their disease alerts and health recommendations.

His successful career included many accolades and awards. In 2000, he was named Saskatchewan Veterinarian of the Year, and in 2011, he was awarded the Equine Welfare Leadership Award of Distinction from The Farm Animal Council of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Horse Federation for integrating animal welfare into his core business strategy and setting the bar higher for expectations regarding animal welfare.

As per Dr. Rothwell’s request there will be no service at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of tributes, donations may be made in memory of Dr. Rothwell to either the Provincial 4-H Foundation or to the Shellbrook and Districts Health Services Project.

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