The first days working for Trupanion were spent on my boat, The Brisa. Monty and I would work for hours, then nap
on the deck in the sunshine. It wasn’t a bad life.
My goal was to create a product that was valuable to veterinarians, pet owners, and pets. The other pet insurance
models at the time caused rifts between pet owners and veterinarians, and did not, in the end, help pets. If
my parents would have had “pet insurance” for Mitzy when I was 14, it still wouldn’t have saved
That’s why I worked with veterinarians from all over the country to build a product that works for everyone
– cats, dogs, pet owners, and veterinarians.
The Trupanion policy offers high-quality medical insurance meant for the lifetime of cats and dogs, to help protect
the pets we all love receive the best veterinary care.
- Our plan offers 90% coverage with no payout limits to every enrolled pet, because no pet owner should feel financially
overwhelmed in a time of need.
- We work side-by-side with veterinarians to make sure we offer one simple policy that has what it takes to serve
- We’ve even revolutionized the pet insurance industry by simplifying and speeding up the claims process.
With vet direct pay, we can pay our portion of the bill directly to veterinarians in as little as 5 minutes.
It’s just one more way we help take the financial burden off of loving pet owners.
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Eventually, I was able to move off the boat and into an office. I hired my first employee, Ronaye Verigin. We went
from our first insured pet (Monty, of course) in 2000, to 100 pets in 2001, to 1,000 pets in 2002.
Today, we have about 500 employees located all over the US and Canada, including Ronaye, who stayed with me through
the entire journey. We now insure over 350,000 cats and dogs and work with over 20,000 veterinarians across North
America to make the best pet health insurance plan possible.
I truly believe that if Mitzy had Trupanion pet medical insurance all those years ago, she would have lived a much
longer and healthier life.