Founder and President Dr. Jack Stephens to step down from day-to-day operations, with former COO Chris L. Middleton selected to serve as president
BOISE, Idaho – Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, announced today he plans to retire from his day-to-day responsibilities with the nationwide pet insurance agency in an effort to pursue his passion for travel and spend additional time with his family. Chris L. Middleton, who previously served as the chief operating officer of Pets Best, will now serve as the company’s president, bringing decades of valuable leadership experience to the position.
Dr. Stephens, who co-founded the Boise, Idaho-based company in 2005 with CEO Greg McDonald, will remain actively involved in guiding Pets Best’s direction as a member of the executive committee, a member of the board of directors and a significant shareholder. Dr. Stephens will also continue to represent Pets Best as a member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association, a group of pet health insurance industry leaders that he co-founded.
A dedicated veterinarian, Dr. Stephens has remained a prominent figure in his field since he founded the U.S. pet insurance industry in 1981. He went on to present the nation’s first pet insurance policy to famous television dog Lassie in 1982. He founded the industry with the vision of reducing incidents of pet owners euthanizing their animals for economic reasons.
“I take tremendous pride in my work during the past 33 years to promote the valuable benefits of pet insurance, but I am ready to take a step back in order to travel and enjoy more time with my family,” Dr. Stephens said. “I have complete confidence in Chris’ commitment to Pets Best and to advancing our mission of helping pets receive the best care without financial constraints.”
Pet insurance agency hopes to help cat owners recognize symptoms of common conditions
BOISE, Idaho – In recognition of National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day on Aug. 22, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC has released a list of the five most common feline illness claims filed by the agency’s clients. Pets Best, a leading nationwide pet insurance agency, released the list today to help cat owners recognize the symptoms of common illnesses and seek veterinary treatment when necessary.
Although it is commonly believed that cats rarely fall ill, Pets Best reports that five of the most common feline health issues represent approximately 30 percent of the agency’s total claims for cats across the nation. These illnesses and conditions can often be difficult to identify, as cats instinctively tend to hide ailments from their owners. Catching serious health problems early on is crucial, as these issues not only dramatically impact felines’ quality of life, but they can also result in steep treatment costs.
“Cat owners view their pets’ health as a high priority, yet many are unaware of the subtle warning signs that indicate their animals are suffering,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “It is our mission to keep pets healthy and ensure their owners are able to afford treatment when health issues arise.”
Pets Best encourages cat owners to watch closely for the symptoms of the five most common conditions among cat-related claims filed with the agency.
1. Chronic kidney failure
Symptoms can include anorexia, vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, constipation, depression and weight loss. Additional warning signs are increased thirst, acute blindness, seizures and comas, blood in the cat’s urine, increased frequency of urination and an increased amount of urine. Chronic kidney failure represents 8.5 percent of all feline claims received by Pets Best.
Common symptoms are a voracious appetite, weight loss, increased thirst and urination, vomiting, diarrhea and restlessness. This condition generates 7.1 percent of Pets Best’s feline claims.
Nationwide Books & Barks contest to provide winner with funds for classroom supplies
Boise, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, has announced the launch of their first Books & Barks contest. Pets Best developed the contest to promote the benefits associated with utilizing therapy dogs to assist students in classrooms across the nation.
Pets Best invites therapy pet handlers and organizations, students and educators to submit inspirational stories about therapy dogs in classrooms and the positive effects they have on students. The winning class or school will receive $1,000 from Pets Best for classroom supplies. In addition, Pets Best will offer a $500 donation to the therapy dog handler’s favorite animal-related nonprofit organization.
“Therapy dogs can provide a calming and supportive presence for children who are trying to learn something new, and we are proud to honor the educators who work to boost students’ confidence by bringing therapy dogs into the classroom,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “Pets Best looks forward to hearing heartwarming stories of children learning alongside their new four-legged classmates.”
Representatives from therapy dog organizations, students and educators can enter the contest by visiting www.petsbest.com/forms/books-and-barks-contest. Submissions should include a short essay of 250 words or less. A judging panel comprised of representatives from Pets Best will select finalists from the submitted entries based on their unique experiences and heartfelt stories. The public will then have a chance to vote online for their favorite submissions. The submission deadline is August 31st, and online voting will take place from Sep. 8th – Sep. 25th.
Boise, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today it has partnered with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) to host the Why I Love Being a Vet Tech contest. Pets Best and NAVTA developed the contest to recognize the outstanding work of veterinary technicians across the nation.
Pets Best and NAVTA invite veterinary technicians to submit short essays explaining how they chose their profession and why they love their work. The finalist who earns the most support in an online vote will win a paid trip to the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) Conference from Pets Best. Each of the eight finalists will also win $200 and a one-year NAVTA membership.
“Pets Best strives to honor dedicated professionals across the veterinary field through efforts such as the ongoing My Vet’s the Best contest,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “Launching this new contest for veterinary technicians provides a valuable opportunity to showcase the hardworking individuals who play such a critical role in providing high-quality veterinary care.”
Veterinary technicians can submit entries by visiting www.petsbest.com/forms/vet-tech-contest. Submissions should include a short essay of 250 words or less. A judging panel comprised of representatives from Pets Best and NAVTA will select eight finalists from the submitted entries based on content and originality. The public will then have an opportunity to vote online for their favorite submissions through the Pets Best website, www.petsbest.com, and the agency’s Facebook page. The submission deadline is Sept. 12, and online voting will take place from Sept. 26 to Oct. 10.
Latest My Vet’s the Best contest honors veterinarian duo as winners
Boise, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today that veterinarians Drs. Diane Tang and Michelle Zoryan have been voted the most recent winners of the agency’s My Vet’s the Best contest. The nationwide contest honors veterinarians for outstanding service.
The latest round of the contest brought in 13,630 votes cast from pet owners across the U.S. on the Pets Best website, www.petsbest.com, and on the company’s Facebook page.
“We created the My Vet’s the Best Contest to bring awareness and appreciation to the country’s most exceptional veterinarians,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder and president of Pets Best. “Giving veterinarians the recognition they deserve is and always will be a top priority for Pets Best.”
Drs. Tang and Zoryan, who practice at the Mohawk Alley Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, won the contest after receiving 4,462 online votes. They were among hundreds of veterinarians nominated for the award. As the winners, they received $1,000 from Pets Best to treat animals in need. The pet owner who nominated the winning veterinarians also received $200 from Pets Best.
The contest’s other five finalists each received a significant number of votes, with runner-up Dr. Robert Stein from Amherst Small Animal Hospital in Amherst, N.Y., finishing only 162 votes behind the winners.
Drs. Tang and Zoryan are known for donating their free time to help animals in need. The two doctors have fostered a total of six cats and one dog. The veterinarians met while working together at an animal hospital in Glendale, Calif., where Dr. Zoryan mentored Dr. Tang. Their dream of owning their own practice came true when they recently opened the Mohawk Alley Animal Hospital.