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NIP Launches PetPro, a Revolutionary New Insurance Program for Pet Care Professionals and their Businesses


Posted on 03 Aug 2010

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NIP Programs, a division of NIP Group, Inc. and a leader in the design and management of specialty insurance programs, is pleased to announce a new insurance program designed specifically for a unique and growing industry: pet care. This new program, called PetPro(TM) (www.PetProInsure.com), is the first of its kind: a one-stop,complete insurance and risk management solution to protect pet care professionals and their businesses.

Underwritten in partnership with an A.M. Best “A” rated (Excellent) insurance carrier and designed in collaboration with pet industry specialists, PetPro combines all lines of standard coverage with a full menu of coverage enhancements to ensure that pet care businesses are fully protected against all the varied risks they face. PetPro serves veterinarians, animal hospitals, shelters, pet hotels and doggie day camps, pet rescue and adoption organizations, dog walkers, pet sitters, pet trainers, groomers, pet boutiques and a host of other pet professionals – from one-person operations to multi-state businesses.

PetPro is not only passionate about protecting pet care professionals, but pets as well.PetPro strongly supports pet rescues, fosters and adoptions and does NOT insure businesses engaged in the sale of pets of any kind.

“PetPro sets a new standard in insurance for pet care professionals, providing a product with the right coverages, right limits and right prices specifically for these types of businesses,” said David Springer, President of NIP Programs. “It’s important that agents and brokers know that we didn’t adapt an existing product or set rates based on other unrelated small businesses. When you consider the uniqueness of coverage, the vast assortment of pet care businesses we insure, the loss prevention services we provide and the affordable premium, there is really no point of comparison for the value you get with PetPro.”

The result of years of exhaustive research, PetPro offers superior coverage across all types of pet care businesses, including professionals who provide more than one service (day care and grooming, boarding and training, etc). Standard coverages include Workers’ Compensation, General Liability – Premises & Operations, Professional Liability (up to $3 million) with Consent to Settle, Directors & Officers Liability, Property, Inland Marine (includes specialized & mobile equipment) and Auto Liability.

Enhanced coverages to ensure pet care professionals are properly protected against any risks that could threaten their business include Veterinary Expense, Recovery and Rewards, EPLI, Veterinary License Defense, coverage for volunteers under their direction, coverage for companion pets in their care, and Excess Coverage up to $5 million.

PetPro is rescue-friendly and actively seeks to insure rescue operations, shelters, and not-for- profit pet-related associations. Through the PetPro Charitable Fund, NIP Programs supports organizations dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets, raising awareness of pet welfare issues and nurturing the healthy bond between people and pets.

“The PetPro family is a group of pet lovers and pet industry insurance specialists, supporting and protecting the professionals who make a positive impact on the lives of pets every day,” said Kelly Spencer, PetPro Program Manager, whose professional experience includes seven years as a veterinary technician. “Our mission is simple: to offer an exceptional line of insurance and risk management products tailor-made and competitively priced for pet care professionals and businesses. It’s not just business to us; we’re passionate about pets and the pet carecommunity.”

PetPro’s industry specific risk management and claims services feature:

• Pet care industry experts who provide guidance and tools designed to dramatically reduce risk and avoid claims, including Workers' Compensation claims, ultimately leading to lower insurance costs.

• 24-hour hotline assistance for events that threaten a pet professional’s business or reputation, including Public Relations expense reimbursement and coordinated response with an experienced professional to handle public relations.

• A network of expert attorneys specializing in the defense of pet professionals.

• A dedicated Claims Handling team, in a single location, with specific experience in pet care industry claims.

Agents and brokers seeking more information on the PetPro program should contact Kelly Spencer at 800-446-7647 ext 386 or visit www.PetProInsure.com.

To keep up with the latest news and information about PetPro, find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/petprogivesback) or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PetProNIP

About NIP Programs

NIP Programs, a division of NIP Group, Inc. (www.nipgroup.com), is a leading U.S. specialty insurance program manager operating in all states. NIP Group, Inc. is a specialized business insurance and risk management intermediary, ranked among the largest 100 in the United States and providing a wide range of brokerage, underwriting and risk management services to select market segments.


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