This week we marked a milestone at Nationwide: The 30th anniversary of when Dr. Alberto Valencia joined what was then Veterinary Pet Insurance and what is now the pet insurance division of one of the country’s top insurance companies.
For a company that started as the insurance wing of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Nationwide always seemed to me to be a natural fit for VPI, and the association goes back long before the name change. Through it all, Dr. Valencia, who graduated as a Medico Veterinario Zootecnista (MVZ) from the University of Guadalaja, Mexico, has brought his expertise to a team that values both veterinarians and veterinary technicians/nurses — and has plenty of both on staff!
Congratulations, Dr. Valencia!
While Dr. Valencia is the longest-serving veterinarian at Nationwide, we continue to bring in younger voices, to make sure we are best serving all generations of practitioners, their clients and their patients. Most notably, we have active practitioners serving as independent contractors who visit the schools and colleges of veterinary medicine, educating on the pet health insurance marketplace and on financial matters students need to know as they transition into their chosen profession.
Our latest addition to our team of field veterinarians is Dr. Brandon Thornberry, who’s responsible for visiting veterinary students at Texas A&M, Louisiana State University, University of Missouri, Oklahoma State University, Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska.
Dr. Thornberry is 2016 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. During his first year after graduation he completed a one-year biomedical device and innovation fellowship at the University of Missouri. After the completion of his fellowship, he took a full-time position as an emergency clinician at a specialty hospital until May 2018, when he then transitioned into becoming a self-employed relief veterinarian in St. Louis. Additionally, he was a part of the team that launched the VBMA alumni organization.
I’ve made it one of my goals for this year to pull the curtain back a little, and let you know a little more about your colleagues at Nationwide, and their role in providing life-saving coverage for the pets we all love. Stay tuned!