The three types of assistance animals are

  1. Service animals: Dogs and miniature horses are trained to aid their handlers who have been diagnosed with medical or psychiatric disabilities and have received a prescription for a service animal.
  2. Therapy animals: Therapy animals (with their handlers) are trained to provide comfort and therapeutic interactions to people in need in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private therapy practices, retirement and nursing homes, schools and in the aftermath of disasters.
  3. Emotional support animals: Emotional support animals provide their handlers with comfort and support within their homes.

For more information, click the resource links in the menu bar on the main Assistance Animal Division page.