Plus, meet Jules Benson, BVSc, MRCVS, chief veterinary officer at Nationwide.
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In an interview on with Adam Christman, DVM, MBA, on dvm360 Live!™, Jules Benson, BVSc, MRCVS, discussed the importance of pet data in veterinary care and unveiled a new program from Nationwide. Comprehensive information about a pet’s health, particularly from a young age, is invaluable for both veterinary teams and pet families, Benson said, while not negating the significance of personal clinical experience in educating pet families.
Benson introduced the Nationwide Pet Health Zone, a platform that explores the top 55 breeds insured by Nationwide, covering about 90 to 93% of insured dogs. He noted that while many animal healthcare teams may not have ample time for education, sharing clinical experiences can be highly beneficial. That's why the platform aims to make learning about pets an enjoyable experience. It provides a comprehensive overview of a pet’s life stage and potential health risks based on breed-specific data. For instance, it can indicate that certain breeds are at a higher risk for conditions like bladder stones or valvular heart disease.
The goal is to create an immersive and fun educational experience for pet owners while easing the educational burden on the veterinary healthcare team.