The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) – joint founders of the Human-Animal Bond Certification program – announced that Nationwide – the first and largest provider of pet health insurance in the US has become a Human-Animal Bond Certified Company.
“Nationwide has earned this meaningful recognition through its significant commitment to human-animal bond research, education and professional development,” said Steven Feldman, HABRI Executive Director. “Being a Human-animal Bond Certified Company recognizes that Nationwide is strengthening the human-animal bond as a core part of its mission.”
As part of the certification process, all Nationwide pet associates will complete human-animal bond training and learn about the science behind the human-animal bond and gain a deeper understanding of how this science supports pet health and the practice of veterinary medicine. The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors considered essential to the health and well-being of both.
“Becoming Human-Animal Bond certified is an honor and a process that we are committed to in every interaction we have with pets and their families,” said Heidi Sirota, Nationwide’s Chief Pet Officer. “We know the more we learn, the more we can protect them.”
The certification program prepares veterinarians and animal care staff to recognize and promote the importance of the bond between pets and their families. The program evaluates the science, communication, community engagement, animal welfare and wellness and medical care needed to create and maintain a positive human-animal bond.
Nationwide’s support for the human-animal bond and the role of pets in society is further illuminated through its groundbreaking research on pet-inclusive workplaces. In partnership with HABRI, Nationwide has demonstrated how pets and pet-friendly benefits, such as pet health insurance, are increasingly important to the millennial workforce, enhancing employee well-being as well as company recruitment, retention, engagement and presenteeism.