BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, announced today the most recent quarterly finalists of its My Vet’s the Best contest, which recognizes outstanding veterinarians and provides funding for the treatment of animals in need.
Pets Best Insurance selected the following six veterinarian finalists after receiving nominations from pet owners across the nation:
Dr. William (Bill) Shepard – Camelot Veterinary Services, Uniontown, Pa.
Dr. Salvatore Pernice – Brooklyn Veterinary Group, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Dr. Dennis Arn – Desert Inn Animal Hospital, Las Vegas
Dr. Anna Ferrera – Animal Hospital of Pembroke Road, Hollywood, Fla.
Dr. John Black – Orange Canyon Pet Clinic, Orange, Calif.
Dr. Nancy Matthews – A Cat’s View Veterinary Hospital, Valley Center, Calif.
This is the third consecutive year Pets Best Insurance has recognized the nation’s finest veterinarians with its ongoing My Vet’s the Best Contest. Each year, Pets Best Insurance calls upon pet owners to select the contest’s quarterly winners by voting online. Each winner receives $1,000 to treat animals in need, and the pet owners who nominate each winning veterinarian receive $200 for sharing the stories of their favorite pet doctors.
Members of the public have through May 11th to vote for their favorite of the six finalists. Voting polls can be found on the Pets Best Insurance website, www.petsbest.com, and on the company’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PetsBestInsurance.
U.S. employers recognize value of offering pet insurance coverage to workers
BOISE, Idaho– Pets Best Insurance, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, announced today the company has launched a new payroll deduction service to provide pet owners across the United States with an easier way to pay for pet coverage plans offered by their employers.
To meet the growing demand for pet insurance coverage among American families, companies of all sizes can add Pets Best Insurance as a voluntary benefit for their employees. Pet coverage plans are also available for employer discount programs.
The free employer sign-up process takes about 10 minutes, with no minimum participation or employer contribution requirements. With the addition of the automatic payroll deduction service, employees are no longer required to pay for their coverage plans with credit or debit cards.
“Pet insurance is consistently among the most requested voluntary benefits in the U.S.1,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best Insurance. “Employers across the nation are recognizing the value of providing pet insurance as a benefit. For many companies, these types of benefits can play a significant role in recruiting and retaining highly skilled employees.”
Pet owners account for 62 percent of all U.S. households, and total spending for veterinary care is expected to exceed $14 billion in 2013, according to recent data from the American Pet Products Association2.
Alta California Regional Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities, began offering Pets Best Insurance as a voluntary benefit to its employees in 2008. Jennifer Crick, the organization’s director of human resources, said the addition of Pets Best Insurance has bolstered the nonprofit’s employee recruitment efforts.
Dr. Linda Steelman wins latest My Vet’s the Best contest
Boise, Idaho (March 20, 2012) – Pets Best Insurance, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, announced today that Dr. Linda Steelman of the Bonanza Cat Hospital in Las Vegas has been selected as the latest winner of the company’s nationwide My Vet’s the Best contest. In recognition of her dedication to serving pets in the Las Vegas Valley, Pets Best Insurance awarded Dr. Steelman $1,000 to treat animals in need.
After receiving a nomination from one of her clients, Dr. Steelman competed against five veterinarians from across the nation during the quarterly contest, winning with an impressive 44.2 percent of the online votes cast by the public through the Pets Best Insurance website, www.petsbest.com, and the company’s increasingly popular Facebook page.
Dr. Steelman provides free care and treatment for abused, abandoned and chronically ill cats through The Poppy Foundation, a charitable organization that offers a much-needed home to dozens of felines in the Las Vegas area. Many of these cats are considered unadoptable and would not have access to treatment and shelter without assistance from The Poppy Foundation.
“We created the My Vet’s the Best contest to provide funds for animals in need of support and recognize veterinarians like Dr. Steelman who share our company’s steadfast commitment to keeping pets healthy and safe,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best Insurance. “As a veterinarian, it brings me great pride to announce that Pets Best Insurance will continue to honor our nation’s finest and most compassionate veterinary medical professionals for a third consecutive year.”
In 2010, Pets Best Insurance became the nation’s first pet insurance company to develop a contest aimed at recognizing outstanding veterinarians. Each year, hundreds of veterinarians receive nominations from grateful pet owners, with online voters selecting the quarterly contest winners.
2012 My Vet’s The Best grand prize winner to treat animals in need with prize money
Boise, Idaho – (February 20, 2012) Pets Best Insurance, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, has named Dr. Irvin Ingram as the nation’s best veterinarian of 2012. Dr. Ingram, who treats animals at the Phoenix-based All Creatures Animal Hospital, took home the top honors of the 2012 My Vet’s The Best contest, which featured more than 20 finalists from across the country.
Developed by Pets Best Insurance to recognize outstanding veterinarians who go above and beyond to keep pets healthy, the 2012 contest culminated today with a presentation at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. During the event, Dr. Jack Stephens, the president and founder of Pets Best Insurance, announced Dr. Ingram as the winner of the coveted 2012 My Vet’s the Best title and presented the veterinarian with a check for $1,000 to support his charitable work.
Industry leader offers advice in recognition of National Pet Dental Health Month
Boise, Idaho (February 14, 2012) – In recognition of National Pet Dental Health Month in February, Pets Best Insurance, a leading pet insurance provider based in Boise, Idaho, today released a list of useful pet dental health care tips for dog and cat owners across the nation.
“We want to make sure pet owners have access to the information they need to keep their pets healthy and happy through regular dental care,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best Insurance. “Periodontal disease is a serious concern for dogs and cats, sometimes resulting in severe health conditions like heart disease and infections, but there are a number of steps pet owners can take to protect their four-legged family members.”
Pets Best Insurance encourages pet owners to consider the following dental health tips:
Schedule a dental exam and professional cleaning
Scheduling an annual visit to the veterinarian for a dental examination often plays a key role in identifying pet dental health issues. Pet parents are encouraged to consult with their veterinarians to determine how often their pets should receive professional teeth cleanings. Veterinarians can also help pet owners develop at-home dental care strategies designed to meet the unique needs of their pets.
It’s also important for people to examine their pets’ teeth on a monthly basis to look for plaque and tartar accumulation in the form of yellow or brown material where the tooth meets the gum line.
If left untouched, plaque buildup will result in tartar, which cannot be brushed off and will eventually lead to more advanced infections. Tartar can loosen and eventually destroy teeth, and infections under the gum line may also spread to the vital organs, resulting in a host of serious health issues.
Don’t forget to brush!