Janis Audin, DVM, editor-in-chief emeritus of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, died April 22 following a three-year battle with a long-term illness.
She was 58 years old.
Dr. Audin was appointed with the emeritus status on March 22, not only to recognize her accomplishments, but also as a pathway that would enable her to continue contributing to the Publications Division and the AVMA scientific journals.
AVMA said she was delighted over that prospect, but her health failed rapidly in the ensuing month. Dr. Audin continued to work from AVMA headquarters until mid-February and then went on medical leave where she continued to provide direction to the Publications Division and leadership input to the association from home.
“Her contributions to the journals, to the AVMA and the profession were profound, and we will be forever grateful,” said Ron DeHaven, DVM, chief executive officer of the AVMA.
“Even though we will all miss Janis tremendously, let’s celebrate and honor her life and realize how fortunate we were to have known her and worked with her. Between the professional journals, which she lived for, and the many lives she has touched and influenced, Janis Audin’s legacy will live on at AVMA.”
Private memorial services are being planned.
In lieu of flowers, Audin asked that memorial donations be sent to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and designated for Animal Health Studies.
Kurt Matushek, associate editor, has been appointed as interim division director and interim editor-in-chief.