AVMA 2017: Common Questions About Assistance Animals

January 7, 2018

Oliver Knesl, BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc, BVSc, MRCVS, director of major accounts for veterinary professional services in the US Companion Animal Division for Zoetis, answers several of the questions he was asked after his presentation on assistance animals at the 2017 American Veterinary Medical Association Convention.

Oliver Knesl, BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc, BVSc, MRCVS, director of major accounts for veterinary professional services in the US Companion Animal Division for Zoetis, answers several of the questions he was asked after his presentation on assistance animals at the 2017 American Veterinary Medical Association Convention.

Some commonly asked questions include:

  • What are the differences between a service dog, emotional support animal, and therapy animal?
  • What is the veterinarian's role when it comes to caring for each type of animal?
  • What can and cannot the veterinarian note in medical records for each type of animal?
  • How should veterinarians be reaching out to their human counterparts regarding these animals?
  • Are any distinct protocols being made for the management of these animals?