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Chicago-Area Veterinarian Receives National Award from Pets Best

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by

Dr. Kathleen Heneghan and her dog, Pogue.

Latest My Vet’s the Best contest honors veterinarian Dr. Kathleen Heneghan

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today that veterinarian Dr. Kathleen Heneghan has been voted the most recent winner of the agency’s My Vet’s the Best contest. The nationwide contest honors veterinarians for their outstanding service.

The latest round of the contest brought in 8,218 votes cast by pet owners across the U.S. through the Pets Best website, www.petsbest.com, and the company’s Facebook page.

“This contest serves to honor veterinarians who play a significant role in keeping pets in their communities healthy,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best. “Dr. Heneghan strives to provide the highest quality of care for all of the animals she treats, and it is rewarding that so many people want to recognize her hard work and dedication.”

Dr. Heneghan, who practices at Elmwood-Grove Animal Hospital in River Grove, Illinois, won the contest after receiving 3,525 online votes. She was among hundreds of veterinarians nominated for the seasonal award. The contest’s other seven finalists each received a significant number of votes. Runner-up Dr. Lollie Mensik of Stonebriar Veterinary Centre in Frisco, Texas, had a total of 2,805 votes.

As this round’s winner, Dr. Heneghan received $1,000 from Pets Best to treat animals in need. Dr. Heneghan and the team at Elmwood-Grove Animal Hospital plan to use the $1,000 cash prize to contribute to their Needy Animal Fund, a program helping stray animals from two Chicago suburbs. The pet owner who nominated Dr. Heneghan also received $200 from Pets Best.

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Veterinary Technicians Recognized in Nationwide Contest

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by

Nationwide vet tech contest finalists Deanna Goley (top left), Judy Voegel (top right), Elizabeth Salan (bottom left), and Laurie Flood (bottom right).

Pets Best and NAVTA announce results of Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest

Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today the results of the agency’s first annual Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest. The nationwide contest, developed by Pets Best and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), honors veterinary technicians for their outstanding service and devotion to their profession.

Finalists entered the contest by submitting their own stories highlighting why they decided to become vet techs, why they’re passionate about their profession and what they love most about going to work each day. The contest brought in 6,322 votes cast by pet owners, veterinary staff, community members, friends and family of the eight finalists from across the U.S. through the Pets Best website, www.petsbest.com, and the company’s Facebook page.

“Veterinary technicians provide valuable veterinary care for animals across the nation, and the interest this contest generated reflects pet owners’ widespread appreciation for all of their efforts,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and director of Pets Best. “Pets Best enjoyed reading the inspiring stories of committed veterinary technicians, and we look forward to hearing many more for years to come.”

Of the 128 contest submissions, eight outstanding entries were chosen by a Pets Best panel of fellow veterinary technicians to represent the industry in this nationwide contest. The eight finalists were all awarded $200 Visa gift cards and a one-year NAVTA membership. The eight finalists were:

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Newtown, Connecticut Therapy Dog Wins First Nationwide Books & Barks Contest

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by

Therapy dog Kona with her handler Sandy Cornell, and fifth grade teacher at Reed Intermediate School, Karen King.

Pets Best hosts inaugural contest to recognize therapy dogs in the classroom

Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today a Newtown, Connecticut therapy dog has been selected as the winner of the agency’s first Books & Barks contest. Kona, a therapy dog who regularly visits the students of Reed Intermediate School, won the nationwide contest, which was created to recognize and bring awareness to the inspirational work of therapy dogs in classrooms and libraries across the nation.

In its first year, the Books & Barks contest brought in 9,004 votes cast by the community members of eight finalists from across the U.S. The public was able to vote by visiting the Pets Best website, www.petsbest.com, and the company’s Facebook page.As part of the contest, Pets Best awarded $1,000 to Reed Intermediate School and $500 to a pet therapy organization selected by Kona’s owner and handler.

“Pets Best created the Books & Barks contest in an effort to share the stories of therapy dogs that provide ongoing support and love for children in educational settings,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best. “Kona’s efforts with Newtown students encompass the meaningful impact that therapy dogs have on children every day. We look forward to hearing more stories about helpful therapy dogs as this contest continues for years to come.”

Sandy Cornell, Kona’s owner and handler, said the 3-year-old Boston terrier has been visiting Reed Intermediate School for more than a year. In 2012, Kona became a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International. Kona received a total of 3,211 online votes during the Books & Barks contest.

“Strangers stop me now and say, ‘I voted for Kona. Thank you for doing what the two of you do.’ It is truly a fantastic feeling,” Cornell said. “Kona’s ability to sense what is needed and who needs it most is beyond my understanding. She is unflappable. While I might be fighting back tears, she is doing what she does best, comforting a child.”

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Laguna Niguel Veterinarian Receives National Award from Pets Best

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by

My Vet's the Best contest winner, Dr. Pat Echolds of Laguna Niguel.

Latest My Vet’s the Best contest honors veterinarian Dr. Pat Echolds

BOISE, ID – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today that veterinarian Dr. Pat Echolds has been voted the most recent winner of the agency’s My Vet’s the Best contest. The nationwide contest honors veterinarians for their outstanding service.

The latest round of the contest brought in 7,600 votes cast by pet owners across the U.S. through the Pets Best website, www.petsbest.com, and the company’s Facebook page.

“The thousands of votes cast in this contest demonstrate how many pet owners appreciate the efforts of dedicated veterinarians,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and director of Pets Best. “Dr. Echolds embodies the hard work and passion that are essential to providing the highest quality of veterinary care, and Pets Best is pleased to see so many people support his work.”

Dr. Echolds, who practices at the Rancho Niguel Animal Hospital in Laguna Niguel, California, won the contest after receiving 4,054 online votes. He was among hundreds of veterinarians nominated for the seasonal award. The contest’s other five finalists each received a significant number of votes. Runners-up Drs. Frank and Mindi Metzler from 2222 Veterinary Clinic in Austin, Texas, finished with 2,191 votes.

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Lassie Helps Pets Best Present Insurance Policies to 2 Newly Adopted Pets

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by

Dr. Jack Stephens reunites with Lassie 32 years after presenting her the first pet insurance policy in North America.

Pet insurance agency sponsors FIDO Friendly’s nationally recognized pet adoption tour 

In recognition of Pet Health Insurance Month in September, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading pet insurance agency, recently had help from television legend Lassie while presenting Pets Best pet insurance policies to two newly adopted pets during the Get Your Licks on Route 66 pet adoption tour.

Dr. Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best, has a long-running history with Lassie, as he presented the iconic canine with the first pet insurance policy issued in the United States 32 years ago.

Lassie and Dr. Stephens made an appearance during a Sept. 14 adoption event at the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center in Mission Hills, California, the third stop on the Get Your Licks on Route 66 pet adoption tour. As a reward for supporting the adoption event, the first two families who adopted a pet that day were given one-year pet insurance policies. The Pets Best BestBenefit accident and illness policies were purchased and donated by FIDO Friendly.

The first pet insurance recipient was an 8-year-old mixed breed dog named Chopo, who, after spending a year at the shelter, happily went home with his new family. The second recipient was a black domestic shorthair kitten who is still unnamed but now has a place to call home.

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