Veterinary Technicians Recognized in Nationwide Contest

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,, 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:Read More…

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

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,, 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.”Read More…

Laguna Niguel Veterinarian Receives National Award from Pets Best

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,, 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

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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Farmers Insurance and Pets Best Agreement Extends Coverage to All Members of the Family

Farmers pet insurance.

Los Angeles, Calif./Boise, Idaho (September 8, 2014) – Beginning today, pet parents can turn to Farmers Insurance for help in caring for and planning for all members of the family, including their pets. Farmers, one of the nation’s largest multiline insurers, and Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance brand, have joined forces to offer savings to those looking to insure cats and dogs. Pet parents who purchase a Pets Best policy after referral from a Farmers agent or at will receive a 5 percent discount off of the regular price.

With roughly 50 percent of U.S. households enjoying pet ownership, many families have sought a trusted partner to assist with their pet insurance needs. The Farmers and Pets Best agreement brings established and recognized brands to the pet insurance category. Since the establishment of the first pet insurance company in the U.S. in 1981, the desire for pet insurance has grown significantly and is now a $650 million industry. And, based on a recent poll, nearly three in ten Farmers customers with pets expressed interest in adding pet insurance to their existing policies.

“At Farmers, we believe in offering consumers options and that insuring your pet through respected brands like Farmers and Pets Best will be a welcomed choice,” said Mariel Devesa, head of product innovation for Farmers Insurance. “Our agreement with Pets Best will help pet parents care and plan for their cherished cats and dogs by limiting the risk of hefty out-of-pocket expenses and providing coverage for unexpected events.”

Pets Best is known for creating a straightforward and predictable pet-care experience.  With four out of five pets experiencing a medical emergency in their lifetime, according to company data, having reliable coverage is critical.  The insurance provided through Farmers and Pets Best offers consumers a wide range of benefits and options, including: a reimbursement calculated from the actual veterinarian bill with knowledgeable experts who handle claims generally within two to five days. The comprehensive plans offered by Pets Best cover accidents and illness with flexible coverage options. In fact, Pets Best offers more plan options than any other competitor to ensure pet parents can choose the plan that best fits their needs, all while allowing customers to visit any licensed vet in the world. There are no upper age limits and the company does not require medical records or a vet exam to enroll. The Pets Best policies also cover unexpected out-of-pocket expenses for pets related to emergency visits, behavioral conditions, surgeries, hereditary conditions and more. Additionally, a wellness plan is available to provide coverage for routine veterinary expenses such as annual check-ups, vaccinations and teeth cleanings.Read More…

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