The easy way to understand the difference between service animals, emotional support animals and therapy animals is that service and emotional support animals serve ONLY the handler (the owner of the animal) and therapy animals serve everyone. The primary purpose of a therapy animal is to bring therapeutic healing and general well being to those they serve. The therapy animal handler is a volunteer that gets specialized training with their pet in order to become registered to visit with their animal. Registration proves that the team has mastered the skills and has the aptitude to visit in many environments. Registration also provides liability insurance for the duration of the volunteer visit. Please see the chart below to learn about rights and access these animals have. Our thanks to Therapy Animal Coalition for the use of this chart.