In Memoriam: Eric Jayne, DVM, MLS (Indigenous People's Law)

With sadness we announce that our colleague and friend, Dr. Eric Jayne, who was also our HSVMA Arkansas State Representative and one of our two Hawaii State Reps, was killed in a traffic accident on July 2.

There is much to say about Eric and his generosity of spirit. It seemed he was always helping—animals, people, important causes.  At the time we met him he was regularly traveling between Arkansas and Hawaii, conducting spay/neuter efforts in both states in conjunction with a number of shelters and non-profits. Shortly thereafter he volunteered to represent HSVMA in—not just one, but both states.  He signed on to legislative letters and offered testimony in both states and nationally; he was always willing to speak out on behalf of animals, and he continued in both positions until his untimely death.

Dr. Jayne championed the health and welfare of all animals. He mentored legions of veterinary students; and proudly served indigenous communities wherever his travels took him.  He worked side-by-side with HSUS on many initiatives: He partnered with the Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) affiliate, delivering veterinary services to the animals of Native American communities.  He collaborated with the Pets for Life program, bringing similar services to underserved urban communities. He participated in Spayathon, a multi-year effort to spay and neuter dogs and cats in Puerto Rico.

What we will remember most about Dr. Jayne was his willingness to offer his help wherever and whenever it was needed.  He was a singular and unforgettable positive force in a world that needs many more individuals like him.  A good friend of Eric’s said of him, 'He was part Grizzly Adams and part Doctor Doolittle.' 

Online donations honoring Dr. Jayne’s legacy of service can be made through the website of the non-profit, Sovereign Nations Veterinary, he established with the mission of ‘Providing autonomous, accessible veterinary care for Indigenous Peoples.’ Donations by check, made out to Sovereign Nations Veterinary can be sent to: Sovereign Nations Veterinary, 2820 Bell Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50321.