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Nationwide creates Spectrum of Care education opportunity for veterinary students

Veterinary medicine has seen lots of change in the last few years, and the pace of that change is hardly slowing. That’s why Nationwide, the country’s largest pet health insurer, remains committed to focusing on emerging needs of pet owning families with a new educational program for veterinary students. Rising veterinary costs drive Nationwide’s advocacy for “spectrum of care” options that help pet parents get access to care that best fits their finances.

A new topic in a new format
Announced at the national Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) meeting in Orlando, FL in January of this year, Nationwide will offer first-of-its-kind workshops to VBMA students at 36 US veterinary schools. Building upon a one-hour lecture format, the spring 2022 educational topic, "The Evolution of Pet Protection: An Introduction to Access to Care and Spectrum of Care," will evolve into a two-hour interactive communication workshop for the fall 2022 semester. 

"The introduction of workshops with problem-based learning into the VBMA’s Business Certificate Program is an exciting progression in this veterinary student program,” says Dr. Emily Tincher, Director of Veterinary Relations at Nationwide. "Practicing communication that incorporates a range of options will help students feel more confident offering care that acknowledges varied pet parent needs, leading to positive outcomes for the whole family.”  

The move is a continuation of Nationwide's commitment to pioneering positive change in veterinary healthcare. Since issuing the first U.S. pet health insurance policy 40 years ago, Nationwide has provided financial solutions to help more pets receive more care. Now with more than 1 million pets actively insured, Nationwide has the expertise in pet health and understanding of its members’ needs to advocate for a range of acceptable care options through a spectrum of care. 

Nationwide, with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, is proud to build upon the groundbreaking work of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in incorporating a spectrum of care into veterinary student education.  

As a founding sponsor of the VMBA, Nationwide has partnered with the student-driven organization or nearly 20 years to support its mission of advancing the profession through increasing business knowledge, creating networking opportunities, and empowering students to achieve their personal and professional goals.