Pets Best Adds Pet Bereavement Leave to Employee Benefits

A dog sits.Boise, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, (Pets Best) a leading U.S. pet health insurance agency, has added a unique new employee perk to their benefits package, “Pet Bereavement Leave.”

With this new benefit, the company’s 60+ employees will receive one day of paid bereavement leave each year if they lose a member of their furry family. And, this leave will be in addition to the employee’s PTO bank.

“In keeping with Pets Best’s commitment to our employees and our understanding of the bond between people and their pets, we are proud to be instituting this new pet bereavement policy,” said Chris L. Middleton, president of Pets Best. “Pets are family around here, it’s why we as a company exist, and it’s why each of us work here. While we know nothing can take the pain away of losing a pet, we wanted to provide some extra time to honor their pet.”Read More…

New York Therapy Dog Wins Nationwide Books & Barks Contest

A therapy dog named Sydney, is the winner of the 2016 Pets Best annual Books & Barks Contest. The Contest recognizes and brings awareness to the inspirational work of therapy dogs in classrooms and libraries across the nation.,

Pets Best hosts 3rd annual contest to recognize therapy dogs in classrooms and libraries across the United States.

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet health insurance company, announced today a Poughkeepsie, New York therapy dog has been selected as the winner of their third annual Books & Barks Contest. Sydney, a therapy dog that regularly visits students at St. Martin de Porres School, won the national contest. Created in 2014, the Books & Barks Contest recognizes and brings awareness to the inspirational work of therapy dogs in classrooms and libraries across the nation.

Photo Above: Sydney, 2016 Books & Barks winner with Chris Grimaldi, owner/handler; Kim Papineau, second grade teacher; Mrs. Kathy Leahy, Principal and students of St. Martin de Porres School. Photo by Anthony DeMarco.

In its third year, the Books & Barks Contest brought in a total of 8,185 votes. Individuals voted in support of the eight finalists from across the U.S., casting their votes on the Pets Best Facebook page. Sydney won the contest with 2,866 votes. Runner-up Maggie, an 11-year-old therapy dog from Ohio, came in a close second with 2,834 votes.Read More…

Pets Best Named Among Best Places to Work in Idaho

Pets Best awarded A Best Places to Work in Idaho for the fourth consecutive year.Honor Bestowed for the Fourth Straight Year.

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, announced today it has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Idaho for the fourth consecutive year.

“Our company values, which have built strong relationships with pet owners across the nation, are the same values that led to winning this award for four years in a row,” said Chris L. Middleton, president of Pets Best.

“Pets Best is the best place I have worked in my entire career,” said Kendra Carlson, who works in Customer Care. “The atmosphere when you walk into the office each day is positive and upbeat; the dogs running around your feet make it even better.”

Pets Best is among a select group recognized by the Best Places to Work in Idaho, an annual collaboration between the Idaho Business Review and POPULUS. A survey is sent to all employees, which confidentially measures employee happiness using metrics such as performance in compensation and benefits, employee growth and development, work-life balance, workplace environment and company management.

According to Middleton, the number one morale booster at Pets Best is the pet-friendly office space that allows dogs, cats, and on occasion has hosted a pet duck and mini pig.  According to a survey by the American Pet Products Association, companies that welcome pets in their offices see a decrease in employee stress levels and less absenteeism from work.

Middleton says Pets Best prides itself on policies that put its employees first. Options for remote work, baby showers for expecting mothers and fathers, and an “open door” policy to management for suggestions and concerns are just a few of the items that promote employee well-being and support a family environment.Read More…

Utah Veterinarian Named Best in the Nation by Pets Best

Pets Best president, Chris L. Middleton (right), presents to Dr. Pam Nichols (left), the 2015 grand prize winner of the company's nationwide My Vet's the Best contest.

2015 My Vet’s the Best grand prize winner to provide funds for service animals in need.

Boise, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet health insurance agency, has named Dr. Pam Nichols as the 2015 grand prize winner of its nationwide My Vet’s the Best contest. Dr. Nichols runs the K-9 Rehab Center, the only certified animal rehabilitation center in the state and practices at the Animal Care Center in West Bountiful, Utah.

In 2010, Pets Best became the nation’s first pet insurance agency to develop a contest aimed at recognizing the country’s best veterinarians. Each year, hundreds of veterinarians receive nominations from pet owners all over the U.S., and voting for each season’s winner is held via Pets Best’s Facebook page. Grand prize winners are then selected by a review panel composed of respected fellow veterinarians. In addition to a $1,000 grand prize, each year’s winner receives a paid trip to the Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) in Las Vegas.Read More…

Pennsylvania Veterinarian Receives National Award from Pets Best

My Vet's the Best winner, Dr. Corrina Parsons.

Latest My Vet’s the Best contest honors veterinarian Dr. Corrina Parsons

BOISE, ID – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, is pleased to announce veterinarian Dr. Corrina Parsons as the recent winner of the agency’s My Vet’s the Best contest. Now in its fifth year, the contest continues to acknowledge exceptional veterinarians around the nation.

When selecting finalists, a panel of judges which included Pets Best Founder, Dr. Jack Stephens, considered such criteria as: involvement in pet-related charities, how each vet made a difference in the lives of their clients and their pet patients, and how each vet goes above and beyond.

“We developed this contest to recognize veterinarians for their outstanding service, and we are again impressed by the nominations we received,” said Stephens. “In many cases, the personal stories shared by nominees prove what a deep, personal impact these vets make upon their clients. Dr. Parsons, our latest winner, is no exception.”

Dr. Parsons, who practices at Longwood Veterinary Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, won the fall 2015 contest after receiving 1,260 online votes. Her name was among 150 nominations for the seasonal award, along with runner-up Dr. Paul Sedlacek of the Animal Clinic in Morris Plains, New Jersey (who had a total of 951 votes). The contest’s seven finalists received 3,696 total votes cast by pet owners across the U.S. through the Pets Best Facebook page.Read More…

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