Dynamic Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) and strong One Health Advocate Dies

Dr. Janis H. Audin (MS IL ’75, DVM IL '79), a champion of progressive veterinary medical journalism and “One Health” died April 22, 2009 following a long, courageous and difficult battle with pancreatic cancer. The world has lost a truly significant One Health leader and advocate.  Under her guidance, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) implemented a ‘one-health wonders’ column that recognized and highlighted prominent One Health individuals among the medical and veterinary medical professions in the United States.  The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has lost a dedicated and gifted editor-in-chief.

Dr. Audin joined the editorial staff of the AVMA in 1985, as an assistant editor and was promoted to associate editor in 1989 and editor in 1994. She became the editor-in-chief of both the JAVMA and the American Journal of Veterinary Research in 1995.  Prior to that Dr. Audin practiced as an associate veterinarian in Calumet City, Ill., for four years,

During her tenure, Dr. Audin was noted for implementing procedural and technological changes in the journal to reduce costs, improve timeliness of publications, and promote readership interest and awareness. New features in the news section introduced under her leadership have made the journals more practice and public health-relevant.  For instance, Dr. Audin fostered the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) “Inspection Insights”—a public health oriented food safety monthly column related to meat, poultry and egg products—from 1996 through 1998.  She also increased international manuscript submissions.


On March 23, 2009 AVMA Executive Vice President Dr. W. Ron DeHaven named Dr. Audin as editor-in-chief emeritus of the Publications Division. Wisely, it also meant that Dr. Audin could continue contributing to the staff effort to ensure the high quality of the AVMA scientific journals while the Association began a comprehensive search for her successor.


Having observed the JAVMA editors-in-chief for 50 years, I consider her one of the best, if not the best of a most distinguished list.  Janis was a special personal friend and my soul mate with respect to dealing with life-threatening cancer.  I deeply mourn her loss and will miss her.

 Bruce Kaplan, DVM

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