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Pet Insurance: Overview, Welfare and Ethics

Pet Insurance


This PodcastPlus will assist vets in gaining an understanding of the pet insurance category, insights gained from insurance data and how pet insurance helps pet owners, pets and vets. 

It explores the concept of veterinary moral distress and some of the issues, including financial, that may contribute to this. The podcast covers ethical dilemmas associated with pet insurance that may be encountered in practice.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Gain an understanding of the Veterinary landscape in Australia, including trends in pet ownership, veterinary care and consumer spending
  2. Understand the concept of general insurance and explain what pet insurance is and isn’t and where wellness plans differ
  3. Understand the benefits of pet insurance to animal welfare and veterinary wellbeing as well as some of the limitations and potential misuse
  4. Understand the concept of veterinary moral distress and how client financial constraints may potentially contribute
  5. Understand what vets and vet staff can and can’t say about pet insurance


Thursday 7 November 2019
Delivered Online


BVSc GradCertMgt MANZCVSc (Animal Welfare)

Dr Mags Awad has a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of Sydney. 
She was appointed to the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW in 2019 representing vets in urban areas. She was a member of the Animal Research and Review Panel NSW from 2008-2016 and is a member of the UNSW Animal Care and Ethics Committee. She is the NSW representative for the AVA Welfare and Ethics special interest group. She was Chief Veterinarian at RSPCA NSW from 2008-2015, after starting with the organisation in 1996. The Chief Veterinarian was responsible for the organisation’s 4 Veterinary hospitals. She was involved in the development and management of community programs in remote regional areas of NSW, working with local veterinarians and government to improve the welfare of pets in those communities. Programs for the disadvantaged, including the elderly have since been incorporated into the University of Sydney Veterinary Undergraduate Degree.  The role also included Veterinary oversight of animal cruelty matters, ensuring adherence to legislation and policy and any related media.  
She is currently the Chief Veterinary Officer for PetSure, working closely with the Veterinary Profession and Industry to increase Pet Insurance awareness and penetration in Australia.


BA(Hons) BSc(Vet)(Hons) BVSc(Hons) MVetStud GradCertEdStud MANZCVS Dipl. ECAWBM

Anne Fawcett is a lecturer in veterinary professional practice in the Faculty of Veterinary Science. Anne has teaching experience as a lecturer and unit of study coordinator. She developed a new ethics course within professional practice and has lectured on veterinary ethics at both the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland. 

Course Fees

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