What Are the Rights of Owners of Emotional Support Animals?

July 25, 2017

Oliver Knesl, BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc, BVSc, MRCVS, director of major accounts for veterinary professional services in the US Companion Animal Division for Zoetis, explains what rights the owners of emotional support animals have.

Emotional support animals are one of three categories of assistance animals—service dogs, therapy animals, and emotional support animals. Oliver Knesl, BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc, BVSc, MRCVS, director of major accounts for veterinary professional services in the US Companion Animal Division for Zoetis, explains what rights the owners of emotional support animals have.

There are three acts that broadly govern these categories, the American Disabilities Act, the Air Carrier Access Act, and the Fair Housing Act, but the American Disabilities Act goes not govern emotional support animals.