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Pet Insurance: Do I Really Need It?
That is the question that we as veterinary professionals always hear when the topic of pet insurance is brought up. Pet insurance has a low adoption rate among companion pet owners in the United States even though there is much more use in Canada and Europe. It has a storied history that includes poor customer service and confusing policies, but more recent companies are solving some of those past issues. As a non-profit awarding grants to pet parents that cannot afford the veterinary care that their pet needs, we understand how heartbreaking it can be to make medical decisions based on financial realities. Pet insurance can be a lifesaver when a pet becomes ill. Pet insurance can cover many common emergencies, including costly emergency surgeries. The speaker is a veterinary surgeon, veterinary business owner, and Executive Director of SAGE Compassion for Animals non-profit. She is also one of nine veterinarians in the country chosen to sit on the Veterinary Economic Strategy Committee that examines the economics of the veterinary industry that impacts pet owners, pets, and the veterinary community. Learn more about the role pet insurance can play in the planning for your pet's lifelong health and what to look for in a plan.

Oct 28, 2021 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Julie D. Smith, DVM, DACVS, CCRT, MBA
Executive Director @SAGE Compassion for Animals
Julie started as an Associate Surgeon for then Veterinary Surgical Associates in August 1997. Through the years, she was instrumental in the direction and growth of the organization to include the merger of three practices to become the single organization known today as SAGE Veterinary Centers. Julie became a Managing Partner for SAGE Veterinary Centers in 2010. She served as Medical Director from 2013 to 2018. In 2018, she was named a Chief Strategy Officer for SAGE Veterinary Centers. In 2019 Julie began work to form SAGE Compassion for Animals. She was able to bring together a stellar Board of Directors from the Bay Area community that brings a wealth of experience and diversity that has done a tremendous job of getting the non-profit up and running during the trying times of COVID-19. She is excited to be serving as Executive Director, helping get the work done as outlined and directed by the Board in support of the Mission, Vision, and Values of SAGE Compassion for Animals.