I am doing a presentation for my Ambulatory Care rotation (I am in my final year of pharmacy school) on dogs as healthcare professionals. I am trying to clarify that I have a correct understanding of the definitions associated with assistance dogs. It's rather confusing!
Here is what I was lead to understand:
ASSISTANCE dogs are a broad category including Service dogs, Guide dogs, Hearing dogs, Seizure-response dogs, etc. Does this include Therapy dogs and Skilled Companion dogs?
I have a SERVICE dog named Sunny who is trained to assist me with my physical disability. The term "service" is most confusing to me. I know service dogs do not include hearing and guide dogs but what about psychiatric-support dogs? I was under the impression that seizure-response dogs were considered service dogs also.
Can anyone help me out? I don't want to misinform these people! I've tried looking online but unfortunately it seems that the sites that I would consider the most reputable (ADI, IAADP, etc) either don't spell things out or I just can't find them!