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For retirees: Pets

Administered by Nationwide

UC offers preferred pricing on pet insurance through Nationwide. Learn more and enroll anytime (not just during Open Enrollment) on the Nationwide website at petinsurance.com/uc.

  • Full Full eligibility available
  • Mid Mid eligibility available
  • Core Core eligibility available
  • Retirees Retirees eligibility available


UC offers preferred pricing on pet insurance through Nationwide, providing coverage for accidents and illness. Plans are available for dogs, cats, birds, small mammals and exotics (such as reptiles); animals categorized as livestock (including horses) are not eligible.

You can enroll in pet insurance at any time — not just during Open Enrollment — and your coverage will be effective approximately 14 days after your application is approved by Nationwide. Premiums vary depending on your type of pet and where you live, and you’ll pay your premiums directly to Nationwide. Pre-existing conditions are excluded from coverage. All requests for enrollment are subject to underwriting approval by Nationwide.

Learn more and enroll on the Nationwide website at petinsurance.com/uc. To enroll in coverage for your bird, small mammal, reptile or other exotic pet, or to speak to a representative, call Nationwide at 877-738-7874. 

If your pet is currently insured by Nationwide

If your pet is currently insured with Nationwide in a plan other than UC’s, you will need to wait until your pet’s current policy is up for renewal to apply for enrollment in the UC-sponsored group plan.