Pets Best Promotes VP of Claims to General Counsel

Jared Hight, newly appointed General Counsel of Pets Best.

Boise, IdahoPets Best Insurance Services, LLC, (Pets Best) a leading U.S. pet health insurance agency, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jared Hight to General Counsel from Vice President of Claims.

Mr. Hight attended the University of Idaho College of Law while continuing to work full-time for Pets Best. After graduating in December and being admitted to the Idaho State Bar this spring, Mr. Hight was immediately promoted to overseeing the company’s legal function. Mr. Hight has been with Pets Best since the company’s inception in 2005, shortly after his graduation from Boise State University with his undergraduate degree in English Literature. Originally hired to create and staff the company’s underwriting department, his role was quickly expanded to oversee the claims department and eventually corporate compliance.

“Pets Best has always been an opportunity to be involved in creating something from the ground up, plus the people I work with are excellent and the employees are fantastic,” Hight said. “Being able to stay at Pets Best while utilizing my law degree is really the best of both worlds, giving me an opportunity to remain with the company that has been my home while further expanding my responsibilities into new and challenging areas.”Read More…

Pets Best Awards New York Veterinarian with National Award

A dog sits.The first My Vet’s the Best contest of 2016 honors veterinarian Dr. Stacey Hershman.

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, is pleased to announce veterinarian Dr. Stacey Hershman as 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 3,429 total votes cast by pet owners across the U.S. through the Pets Best Facebook page.

“This contest acknowledges exceptional veterinarians around the nation, and Dr. Hershman is no exception,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best. “She is known and appreciated throughout her community for her unwavering service, compassionate service, and willingness to give back.”

Photo Above: Dr. Hershman, winner of the nationwide My Vet’s the Best contest. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Hershman.) Read More…

Pets Best Adds Pet Bereavement Leave to Employee Benefits

A dog sits.Boise, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, (Pets Best) a leading U.S. pet health insurance agency, has added a unique new employee perk to their benefits package, “Pet Bereavement Leave.”

With this new benefit, the company’s 60+ employees will receive one day of paid bereavement leave each year if they lose a member of their furry family. And, this leave will be in addition to the employee’s PTO bank.

“In keeping with Pets Best’s commitment to our employees and our understanding of the bond between people and their pets, we are proud to be instituting this new pet bereavement policy,” said Chris L. Middleton, president of Pets Best. “Pets are family around here, it’s why we as a company exist, and it’s why each of us work here. While we know nothing can take the pain away of losing a pet, we wanted to provide some extra time to honor their pet.”Read More…

New York Therapy Dog Wins Nationwide Books & Barks Contest

A therapy dog named Sydney, is the winner of the 2016 Pets Best annual Books & Barks Contest. The Contest recognizes and brings awareness to the inspirational work of therapy dogs in classrooms and libraries across the nation.,

Pets Best hosts 3rd annual contest to recognize therapy dogs in classrooms and libraries across the United States.

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet health insurance company, announced today a Poughkeepsie, New York therapy dog has been selected as the winner of their third annual Books & Barks Contest. Sydney, a therapy dog that regularly visits students at St. Martin de Porres School, won the national contest. Created in 2014, the Books & Barks Contest recognizes and brings awareness to the inspirational work of therapy dogs in classrooms and libraries across the nation.

Photo Above: Sydney, 2016 Books & Barks winner with Chris Grimaldi, owner/handler; Kim Papineau, second grade teacher; Mrs. Kathy Leahy, Principal and students of St. Martin de Porres School. Photo by Anthony DeMarco.

In its third year, the Books & Barks Contest brought in a total of 8,185 votes. Individuals voted in support of the eight finalists from across the U.S., casting their votes on the Pets Best Facebook page. Sydney won the contest with 2,866 votes. Runner-up Maggie, an 11-year-old therapy dog from Ohio, came in a close second with 2,834 votes.Read More…

Pets Best Named Among Best Places to Work in Idaho

Pets Best awarded A Best Places to Work in Idaho for the fourth consecutive year.Honor Bestowed for the Fourth Straight Year.

BOISE, Idaho – Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC (Pets Best), a leading U.S. pet insurance agency, announced today it has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Idaho for the fourth consecutive year.

“Our company values, which have built strong relationships with pet owners across the nation, are the same values that led to winning this award for four years in a row,” said Chris L. Middleton, president of Pets Best.

“Pets Best is the best place I have worked in my entire career,” said Kendra Carlson, who works in Customer Care. “The atmosphere when you walk into the office each day is positive and upbeat; the dogs running around your feet make it even better.”

Pets Best is among a select group recognized by the Best Places to Work in Idaho, an annual collaboration between the Idaho Business Review and POPULUS. A survey is sent to all employees, which confidentially measures employee happiness using metrics such as performance in compensation and benefits, employee growth and development, work-life balance, workplace environment and company management.

According to Middleton, the number one morale booster at Pets Best is the pet-friendly office space that allows dogs, cats, and on occasion has hosted a pet duck and mini pig.  According to a survey by the American Pet Products Association, companies that welcome pets in their offices see a decrease in employee stress levels and less absenteeism from work.

Middleton says Pets Best prides itself on policies that put its employees first. Options for remote work, baby showers for expecting mothers and fathers, and an “open door” policy to management for suggestions and concerns are just a few of the items that promote employee well-being and support a family environment.Read More…

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