Dr. Bernhard Pukay Appointed as New Chairman of the Petsecure Veterinary Advisory Board

WINNIPEG, June 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Petsecure pet health insurance, Canada's oldest and largest pet health insurance company that has cared for almost 1,000,000 pets, announces that Dr. Bernhard Pukay has been appointed Chairman of the Petsecure Veterinary Advisory Board (PVAB).

The members of the Petsecure Veterinary Advisory Board are committed to expanding the pet health insurance industry's reach and representation. Board members will be working with industry shareholders to explore ways to make pet health insurance more accessible to all pet owners. Their goal is to provide a good quality of life for all pets, provide pet owners with the means to afford veterinary treatment for their pets, and provide veterinarians with the means and capabilities to care for all pets with the most effective treatments available.

"I am proud to welcome Dr. Bernhard Pukay to chair the Petsecure Veterinary Advisory Board," said Rod Cunniam, Interim President and COO of Petsecure pet health insurance, which is underwritten by Western Financial Insurance Company. "Dr. Pukay brings with him an extensive knowledge and understanding of both veterinary medicine and the veterinary community to the Board."

Dr. Pukay joins the PVAB after more than 40 years of being active within the veterinary profession. During this time, he was senior partner and CEO of the Alta Vista Animal Hospital, one of Canada's largest animal hospitals. He has also received awards, hosted a television and radio show, and continues to write on pet care for publications.

"I am privileged to take on the role of Chair with the Petsecure Veterinary Advisory Board," said Dr. Pukay. "Our ultimate goal is to make a difference in pet health care by finding ways to ensure that the best veterinary care is accessible and affordable to everyone."

Dr. Pukay succeeds Dr. Lynn Webster, who led the Board as Chairman and has been actively involved in veterinarian medicine for 47 years. Now retired, he will serve as a board member on the PVAB, representing the Manitoba/Saskatchewan region.

The Petsecure Veterinary Advisory Board will consist of three additional Board members. These individuals will provide a voice to all regions across Canada:

  • Dr. Jean Gauvin has over 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine. With a history in private practice, teaching in universities and colleges, and hosting a popular Quebec TV show, he will be a representative of the Quebec region.
  • Dr. Lesley Steele is the owner and CEO of the Eastern Passage Village Veterinary Hospital, and founder of the Atlantic Vet Alliance (AVA) and its affiliate Central and Western Vet Alliance.     Dr. Steele will represent Atlantic Canada on the Board.
  • Dr. Suann Hosie founded the Vancouver Animal Emergency Clinic (VAEC). With over 40 years of experience in the veterinary industry, Dr. Hosie will represent the Alberta/British Columbia region on the Board.

The Advisory Board advises on the risks, strategies, plans and performance of Petsecure and provides counsel to the Interim President and COO. Alongside Regional Managers and Territory Managers representing all areas of Canada, this will extend Petsecure's reach in helping provide what's best for pets.

About Petsecure pet health insurance:

Petsecure pet health insurance, the core brand of Western Financial Insurance Company, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Financial Group. Petsecure is Canada's oldest and largest pet insurance provider with 25 years of offering innovative pet insurance to Canadian pet parents. Petsecure has unique pet insurance options to choose from that offer the most comprehensive coverage in Canada. Petsecure also offers dental coverage and special coverage including alternative treatments and behavioural therapy. Petsecure is the only pet health insurance provider in Canada to offer their exclusive Secure For Life™ guarantee. Underwritten by Western Financial Insurance Company. Petsecure and logo are registered trademarks of Western Financial Insurance Company. Petsecure is a member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA).

For more information on Petsecure visit www.petsecure.com.

Image with caption: "Petsecure logo (CNW Group/Petsecure)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140623_C2803_PHOTO_EN_3803.jpg

SOURCE: Petsecure

For further information: Eric Michalko, Director - Communications and Sponsorships, Western Financial Group, Phone: (403) 652-2663, ext. 524, Cell: (403) 603-8965, Email: eric.michalko@westernfg.ca

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