Commitments, Partnership
19 February 2024

Canadian veterinarian Dr Shane Renwick is the winner of Medicine Stewardship category of the WVA Global Veterinary Awards

Brussels, 19th February 2024 – The World Veterinary Association (WVA) and Ceva Santé Animale (Ceva) are pleased to announce the winner of the Medicine Stewardship category in the forthcoming WVA Global Veterinary Awards, as Dr. Shane Renwick, based in Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Renwick was nominated by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) for his active role in the field of antimicrobial stewardship, as well as other issues of national importance, including One Health and the role of the Canadian Veterinary Profession in addressing the challenges of Climate Change.

Dr. Renwick spearheaded the development of the Stewardship of Antimicrobials by Veterinarians Initiative (SAVI) as well as a mobile app called Firstline. These tools help veterinarians working with many species to select the most appropriate antibiotic, if indicated, as well as dosage and withdrawal times.

Dr. Renwick is the second category winner to be announced in the run up to the Awards ceremony which will take place on the 17th of April during the 39th World Veterinary Association Congress (WVAC), in Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr. Olatunji Nasir, Chair of the WVA Pharmaceutical Stewardship Working Group said: ‘Dr. Renwick’s work over the years has been phenomenal and this award has proven his mettle in his field. His several contributions have not gone unnoticed by colleagues and the veterinary community. I congratulate him for this recognition.

Dr. Trevor Lawson, Canadian Veterinary Medicine Association (CVMA) President stated “We are immensely proud of our staff veterinarian, Dr. Shane Renwick, being named as the winner of the WVA Medicines Stewardship award, he has been thoroughly dedicated to antimicrobial stewardship since he joined the CVMA nine years ago. The SAVI project has seen this dedication come to fruition by providing veterinary professionals with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions on antimicrobial use in a wide range of species, including point of care guidance to practitioners via the Firstline app. We are very proud of Dr. Renwick’s contribution to the veterinary profession that is sustainable, innovative, and future-ready.”

The winners of the remaining awards for:

  • Animal Welfare,
  • Veterinary Education, and
  • the Veterinary Student of the Year, supported by the International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA), will be announced in the months leading up to the event.

One overall winner will be named as Veterinarian of the Year on stage during the ceremony.

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