Pet owners know the drill, the family dog or cat becomes seriously ill and the pet owner is unable to afford the medical bills or the expert care needed to treat the pet. While nearly one million pets in North America have health insurance coverage, sadly many owners who do not carry insurance are turning to euthanasia. Seeing an opportunity to help educate the public about quality pet health insurance, Dr. Alan Green of Charleston Veterinary Referral Center has joined the Advisory Board of Trupanion, an industry leader in pet health insurance.
"I think over the next few years Trupanion will make a significant and positive impact on pet ownership and veterinary medicine," says Dr. Green. CVRC is a specialty veterinary hospital based in Charleston, servicing the city as well as a destination treatment center for pet owners in Columbia, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.
The Trupanion Advisory Board's role, which consists of nine members from various areas of the veterinary profession, is to share experiential information so as to give Trupanion the best chance of being responsible to both pet owners and the company itself. "We all know that to practice great medicine and surgery, there are inherent costs, whether you are in general practice or a veterinary specialty and emergency hospital," says Dr. Green.
"A properly staffed and equipped specialty and emergency hospital is a multi- million dollar investment. In many cases the difference between affording veterinary care and euthanasia is bridged by a comprehensive insurance plan. Anything a pet owner can do to protect themselves in the event of a serious medical and surgical problem with their pet should be considered," says Dr. Green.
Pet owner Mike Rooney is happy he considered it. Just eight months after securing pet insurance for his Bernese Mountain dog, she ingested five large rocks and needed emergency surgery. The insurance saved him nearly $2,500. "The process was efficient, accommodating and easy to do," says Mr. Rooney. "Thank goodness we had it."
With the addition of the Advisory Board, Trupanion is recognizing the need for people with experience in the real world of clinical medicine and practice to comment on many issues and questions that arise. "I am flattered and excited that I was asked to participate on this board," says Dr. Green. "We were so impressed with Trupanion at Charleston Veterinary Referral Center that we became one of the first veterinary practices in the U.S. to provide pet health care via Trupanion as an employee benefit."
About Charleston Veterinary Referral Center:
Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) is a specialty referral, emergency & critical care veterinary hospital which opened in March, 2011. The Center offers a cohesive team of veterinary professionals and staff that are dedicated to practicing the highest caliber of medicine and surgery available. CVRC believes that great care and service are intertwined. With a commitment to respect the integrity of the referral relationship with primary care veterinarians, doctors and staff at CVRC work tirelessly toward the goal of great communication. Our facility is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be reached at (843) 614-VETS (8387). For more information, please visit us online at CharlestonVRC.com or find us on Facebook.
Trupanion is an industry leader in pet insurance, offering cat and dog insurance in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico with the mission of delivering financial peace of mind to pet owners. Trupanion offers a simple, customizable pet insurance policy with 90% coverage for diagnostic tests, surgeries, medications, hospital stays, and alternative therapies for the treatment of accidents or illnesses. Trupanion’s policy includes coverage of hereditary and congenital conditions with no payout limits per incident, per year, or over the lifetime of the pet. For more information call 800-569-7913 or visit Trupanion.com. You can also follow Trupanion on Twitter or Facebook.
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