Canadian Animal Health Institute honours two industry leaders


The Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) has presented two members with leadership awards as recognition for their work in the livestock health industry.

Jean Szkotnicki received the Industry Leadership Award for her many years of service to the Canadian animal health industry. As an early supporter of a harmonized global approach to the technical requirements for animal health product regulatory programs, Szkotnicki’s work encouraged investment, innovation, and competitiveness for the Canadian industry.

Jean Szkotnicki (supplied)

After decades of advocacy, Szkotnicki’s efforts resulted in regulatory and policy changes to enhance antimicrobial stewardship in Canada which were implemented in 2018, to remove gaps that permitted the importation and use of animal health products which were not approved by Health Canada. This significant policy change reduced the risk posed to animal and human health by unlicensed products, as well as to Canada’s trade in food animal products.

Toni Bothwell, director, regulatory affairs and pharmacovigilance at Zoetis Canada, is the 2020 recipient of its internal “Recognizing Its Leaders Award.”

Toni Bothwell (Supplied)

Bothwell is chair of the CAHI’s Drug Committee and an industry representative on Health Canada’s Canadian Animal Health Products Regulatory Advisory Committee. She demonstrates enthusiasm and leadership in various regulatory discussions with government officials and industry stakeholders.

Bothwell has worked in the area of regulatory affairs and is a proven relationship builder, working with veterinarians and livestock producer associations on a variety of animal health industry initiatives, including the implementation of the change in prescription status for all medically important antibiotics. Bothwell is also a member of the CAHI Stewardship and Public Trust Committees which support CAHI’s environmental stewardship initiatives and the development of public-facing key messages for stakeholders and Canadians.

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