Pets Best Insurance Announces Fourth Quarter Finalists of National My Vet’s the Best Contest

Pets Best Insurance Announces Fourth Quarter Finalists of National My Vet’s the Best Contest

Finalists hail from 6 states, previous winner saved stray kitten with contest winnings

Boise, Idaho – (January 17, 2012) Pets Best Insurance, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, is pleased to announce the finalists for its 2012 fourth quarter My Vet’s the Best nationwide contest. The six finalists are:

  • Dr. Lori Cabell – Metropolitan Veterinary Associates – Norristown, Penn.
  • Dr. Nancy Matthews – A Cat’s View Veterinary Hospital – Valley Center, Calif.
  • Dr. Helen Campbell – Old York Veterinary Hospital – Florence, N.J.
  • Dr. Dave Hallstrom – Normandale Veterinary Hospital – Edina, Minn.
  • Dr. Linda Steelman – Bonanza Cat Hospital – Las Vegas
  • Dr. Georgia Maureen Bushnell – Redland Animal Hospital – Homestead, Fla.

Dr. Matthews, one of the six 2012 4th quarter finalists for the My Vet’s the Best nationwide contest.

Hundreds of veterinarians from all over the country receive nominations from pet owners who believe their veterinarian has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Nominations – submitted through the Pets Best Insurance website and the company’s Facebook page – include heartwarming and at times harrowing tales of why people believe their vet is the best. The fourth quarter nominations were narrowed down to the six finalists by an internal review panel at Pets Best.

Voting on the six finalists is open to the public through Feb. 10, 2013. Voting polls can be found on the Pets Best Insurance website, at on the company’s Facebook page ( Pets Best encourages everyone to cast their vote to determine which of the six finalists should win the fourth-quarter title. The winner will receive $1,000 to treat animals in need, and the nominator will receive $200 as a thank you for sharing their story.

“As a veterinarian, I know how difficult it is to see animals that need treatment, but their owners can’t afford it,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, the president and founder of Pets Best Insurance, who also founded the nation’s pet insurance industry in the early 1980s. “It’s the fundamental reason I started pet insurance, and it’s the reason we launched the My Vet’s the Best contest. We want to recognize veterinarians who are going the extra mile and assist them financially in treating needy animals.”Read More…

Pets Best Insurance Names Dr. Brett Bauscher Third-Quarter Winner of 2012 My Vet’s the Best Contest

Dr. Brett Bauscher of Canyon Small Animal Hospital accepts his $1000 prize for winning the 3rd quarter of the 2012 My Vet’s the Best Contest by Pets Best Insurance.Pet Insurance Agency Pets Best Insurance Names Dr. Brett Bauscher Third-Quarter Winner of 2012 My Vet’s the Best Contest

Pets Best Insurance, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, announces Dr. Brett Bauscher of Caldwell, Idaho based Canyon Small Animal Hospital as its third-quarter winner in the 2012 My Vet’s the Best contest.

Boise, Idaho – November 30, 2012- Dr. Brett Bauscher has been selected as the most recent winner of the Pets Best Insurance My Vet’s the Best Contest, after receiving a nomination from Hannah Woodward and a winning number of online votes amongst him and five other nominated veterinarians from around the country. The other finalists were Dr. Rene Lefranc of  Columbus, Georgia; Dr. Irvin Ingram of Phoenix, Arizona; Dr. Deanna Tickle of Burlington, N.C.; Dr. Monique Weldon of Centennial, Colorado; and Dr. Glen Roiland of Amityville, N.Y.

Hannah Woodward nominated Dr. Bauscher because of his selfless work on behalf of her dog “Kaya.” Kaya had experienced a number of health issues including parvo and a broken femur. Dr. Bauscher’s flexibility regarding finances was invaluable for Hannah and her husband, who are a younger couple just getting established.

“We love Kaya like our own kid,” says Hannah, “and without Dr. Bauscher, there have been several occasions where we don’t know what we would have done, or if she would even still be with us today.”Read More…

Pets Best Insurance Introduces Innovative Cancer-Specific Plan

New Plan Provides Pet Owners with Access to Affordable Coverage for Expensive Pet Cancer Treatment

Pets Best Insurance, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, announced today the company has launched a new low-cost plan designed to help pet owners afford life-saving, though often expensive, cancer treatments for their four-legged family members.

While Pets Best Insurance has offered comprehensive coverage since 2005 for pet accidents and illnesses, including cancer, the company developed its new Cancer Only plan to provide customers with budget-friendly coverage options for what is widely considered the most expensive medical condition among pets. With prices starting as low as $3 per month, the Cancer Only plan offers coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of malignant cancers, including chemotherapy, MRIs, examinations, blood work, surgeries, medications and other cancer-related expenses.

Victoria Ochoa, DVM, MS, DACVIM of WestVet 24-Hour Emergency & Specialty Center in Idaho, examines cancer patient.

“As a growing number of pet parents seek to extend and improve their pets’ lives through increasingly effective cancer treatments, Pets Best Insurance recognized the need for an affordable plan designed to limit the high out-of-pocket costs typically associated with treating the disease,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, the founder and president of Pets Best Insurance. “Without the right insurance coverage, veterinary bills for the treatment of lymphoma, leukemia, malignant mast cell tumors and other common forms of cancer can wreak havoc on a family’s finances.”

Cancer is responsible for nearly half of deaths among pets older than 10, with dogs experiencing the disease at about the same rate as humans, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.[1] Fortunately, cancer treatment for dogs and cats has advanced rapidly in recent years, with veterinary oncologists now performing less invasive procedures that result in fewer side effects and improved outcomes.Read More…

Animals Swallowing Candy and Ingesting Seasonal Decorations Top Fall Pet Insurance Claims

Pets Best Insurance Releases List of Bizarre, Expensive Claims

Pets Best Insurance, a leading U.S. dog and cat pet insurance agency, announced five bizarre claims in honor of the 2012 fall season.  The Boise-based company has seen its fair share of seasonal claims since first opening its doors in 2005.

“Fall is a time filled with Halloween candy, fun decorations and, unfortunately, quite a few pet-related accidents,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best Insurance. “When putting out seasonal decor and everything associated with it, don’t forget to think about the health and safety of your four legged friends.”

Some of the more unusual fall pet insurance claims the agency has received include*:

A Halloween Vampire?

Cheyenne, an Australian shepherd, was recently admitted to her local veterinarian hospital for a mysterious bite wound on her neck. The wound could have taken a bite out of Cheyenne’s parents’ wallet totaling over $1,600, but fortunately they had pet insurance. Cheyenne’s owners received a reimbursement of nearly $1,200 for the wound.

A Corn-Dog

Tacoda, an Alaskan malamute, was trying to give her best impression of a corndog, literally. The dog ingested a corn cob decoration and was admitted to her local veterinarian with intestinal issues. The surgery to remove the cob cost nearly $2,200, but because Tacoda has a Pets Best Insurance plan, her owners were reimbursed nearly $1,700.Read More…

Boise-Based Pets Best Insurance to Ring Closing Bell at NASDAQ on November 12

Three-Pound Teacup Chihuahua to Ring Bell in New York’s Times Square

Pets Best Insurance, one of the leading pet insurance providers in the United States, will preside over the closing bell at the NASDAQ stock market on Monday, Nov. 12.

Pets Best Insurance's Greg McDonald, CEO, and Dr. Jack Stephens, President and Founder, with Torrey the chihuahua at the NASDAQ.

Greg McDonald, chief executive officer of Pets Best, and the company’s president and founder, Dr. Jack Stephens will ring the closing bell, along with Jeff Smedsrud, president of American Independence Corp (AMIC).

“We are honored to join AMIC in New York City to represent the pet insurance industry, our dedicated staff and our policyholders nationwide,” said Stephens. “Pet insurance is experiencing swift growth in the United States. We are thrilled to showcase, on a national platform, the unique, affordable plans that we offer pet parents.”

Dr. Stephens’ 3-pound Teacup Chihuahua, Torrey (short for “Tornado”), will actually be the one to “ring” the bell. Torrey is Pets Best Insurance’s “Customer Care Advocate” and is the animal ambassador of the company.

“Torrey may need a little help, given the whole opposable thumbs predicament, but she’s surely looking forward to it as much as I am,” laughed Dr. Stephens. “Torrey was invited to participate in the closing ceremony and I know she will do a great job.”

The North American pet insurance market grew 114% between 2005 and 2009 and is expected to grow an average of 20% annually through 2014 to reach $880 million.(1) And according to the American Pet Products Association, in 2012 alone, it is projected that veterinary spending will top over an 8 percent increase to $13.59 billion from previous years.(2) Pets Best is the fourth largest pet insurance company in the U.S.(3) and has had 20 percent yearly sales increases since 2005.

Dr. Stephens is recognized as the founder of pet insurance in the United States and issued the first pet insurance policy to TV dog Lassie in California in the 1980s.Read More…

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