Vermont Veterinary Medical Association


Assistance Animals - What you should know

 
Peacocks and pigs being presented to airlines as emotional support animals.  Dogs at the salad bar in the grocery store.  And just what is a therapy dog?
 
Situations and questions like these are coming up more frequently all the time, as animal-loving Americans would like to take their pets with them everywhere.  But which animals actually have the right to go into public places?  And what problems might be resulting from confusion? 

The VVMA’s One Health Committee has developed several easy-to-follow printable infographics on the subject of assistance animals.  These infographics, available for use by all, are designed to be printed on legal or ledger size paper but can also be printed on regular size paper.  
 
To learn more about 
 
Service animals
Emotional support animals
Animal-assisted intervention
Federal rights of access for these animals
 
follow the links below:
 
Assistance Animals and Federal Rights of Access – suitable for use in veterinarians’ offices as well as for general education purposes (VVMA 10/18)
 
Guidance for Retail Establishments: Assistance Animals and Federal Rights of Access – tailored to give information about rights of access, or lack thereof, of assistance animals in retail businesses (VVMA 3/18)
 
Guidance for Retail Establishments: Rights of Service Animals and Rights of Businesses – clarifies the Do’s and Don’ts for businesses with regard to rights of federal access of service animals (VVMA 3/18)