In Memoriam: Dr. Byrnne Rothwell, DVM (1936-2014)

Dr. Byrnne Rothwell
Dr. Byrnne Rothwell

Ottawa, ON, January 31, 2014 - Equine Canada would like to extend condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Byrnne Rothwell. Dr. Rothwell passed away on January 28, 2014 at the age of 77.

The equine and veterinary community has lost an invaluable advocate in Dr. Rothwell. He was a valued volunteer on the Equine Canada Health and Welfare Committee representing Provinces. He was also 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, Dr. 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.

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

His incredibly successful career included many accolades and awards. In 2000, Dr. Rothwell 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.

To offer condolences to the Rothwell family, or to share memories and photos, please visit Beau 'Lac' Funeral Home.