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26th September 2007

Allianz Animal Health expands business through partnership with Leeds Building Society

Allianz Animal Health (AAH), the largest animal health insurance provider in the world, has expanded its partnership business by providing pet insurance through Leeds Building Society.

Leeds Building Society now offers two pet insurance products which are available through its national branch network and on-line. Underwritten by Allianz, the products include cover for vet fees (up to £2,000 per condition for up to 12 months or £5,000 per year, covered for life), complementary treatment and a legal helpline. In addition, three optional packages are available for policyholders to add to their cover:

  • Third party liability for dogs
  • Pet travel package offering a variety of cover if pets are ever taken abroad
  • Additional benefits including cover for missing pets and death from illness or injury

Phil McKinnon, Partnerships Manager at Allianz Animal Health comments:

"We are delighted to be working with Leeds, one of the UK’s leading building societies. Through this partnership, we are using another route to market which will expand our reach across the UK."

Nigel Wray, Head of General Insurance at Leeds Building Society comments:

"The two products combine high quality cover and value for money. We are confident our customers will find this an attractive proposition. With Allianz Animal Health being the leading pet insurance provider, and having an impressive reputation as the market expert, we are looking forward to a long and successful partnership."

Further details of the products can be found by visiting www.leedsbuildingsociety.co.uk/petinsurance.

Allianz Animal Health provides cover for over 800,000 pets on a direct basis through its market leading brand Petplan and through a number of affinity partnerships.

Earlier this year Allianz Animal Health affirmed its commitment to the UK and overseas partnerships market with the appointment of its first Partnerships Manager, Phil McKinnon. If you wish to reach the Allianz Animal Health Partnerships team, please call 0800 197 7763.

Notes to editors

Allianz Animal Health

Allianz Animal Health is the UK’s leading pet insurance provider insuring more than 800,000 animals in the UK. In 2006, AAH handled 375,000 claims and paid out over £2million in claims every week.

Policy information

AAH is offering two different types of insurance policy through Leeds Building Society.

The 12 Month Policy product (£2,000 cover) enables Policyholders to claim up to a maximum of 12 months from the date of onset or first date of treatment for each disease, illness or injury. After 12 months no further treatment for that condition will be paid for under the policy and an exclusion will be placed.

The Cover for Life product (£5,000 cover) renews the amount of vet fees cover at the start of each year. This enables the policy holder to claim the full vet fee benefit, year after year, as long as the policy is renewed annually. This type of policy pays for ongoing conditions for example diabetes, arthritis and eczema.

Leeds Building Society

Leeds Building Society has assets of over £8.1bn and 70 branches throughout the UK and Gibraltar. The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.

The Society won the title of Best Building Society in Mortgage Magazine's 2006 awards. This award is judged by an independent panel and takes into account long term value, customer service, how easy products are to understand and commitment to mutuality, as well as competitive interest rates.

The Society received the Gold Award in the Lending Excellence Awards from Lending Strategy Magazine, in relation to an independent national consumer survey of 7,800 customers who have recently taken out a mortgage. The awards measure customers' opinion of their mortgage providers by asking them to define their expectation of service in the key areas of the process and to comment on their actual experience.