Dr. Shane Renwick earned the WVA Global Veterinary Award for the Medicine Stewardship category, as presented by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and Ceva Santé Animale. Photo credit: Courtesy of Ceva.

Rideau Lakes veterinarian honoured with prestigious accolades

Dr. Shane Renwick earns WVA Global Veterinary Award


The Township of Rideau Lakes has recognized another prestigious award winner. 

Dr. Shane Renwick of the Elgin area, won the Medicine Stewardship category of the World Veterinary Association Global Veterinary Awards. 

On Monday, Feb. 26, he was presented a certificate from the Township of Rideau Lakes during its municipal services committee meeting. It was just a few weeks ago that the township recognized Portland’s Marco Smits on his Emmy Award from coverage of the Beijing Olympics

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.

He 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.

According to a release Ceva Worldwide, colleagues praised the Elgin area veterinarian. 

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, added, “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 accolades continued at council on Monday. 

“Rideau Lakes congratulates Dr. Shane Renwick on winning (this award),” said Mayor Arie Hoogenboom. “On behalf of council and residents of Rideau Lakes, we congratulate you.”

Renwick and his wife Ann have been living in the township for nine years. The project that he was working on which resulted in this award was “born in Rideau Lakes,” he said. 

Renwick will receive the award in South Africa in April, he said. 

There is a video in which he and his wife are featured along with a “Rideau Lakes” header, that will be shown as part of the award presentations.

“Maybe I’ll get questioned … where is Rideau Lakes?” Renwick said. 

The mayor said he watched the video and noted that a part of the veterinarian’s success was being able to work from home – remotely with the help of WTC Communications, the fibre optics internet option in the township. (Smits also praised the high internet for his ability to also work remotely on the coverage of the Olympics.)

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