Assistance Animals

by Erik Davis Fausak – June 18, 2019

A guide linked to the article in Frontiers in Veterinary Science aimed to assist the researcher in Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities to find the appropriate searching resources based on the subheadings below. All researchers are encouraged to identify university libraries, like UC Davis, that are open to the public to access our resources and most importantly, our subject specialist librarians.

The following information is not an exhaustive list of resources for each subheading, but identifies important resources for each.  These lists are based on the review of general to specialized examination of subject guides from English speaking specialty library websites around the United States and the world.

For more information, please see this open access article on search strategies involving Assistance Animals. Carlson Health Sciences Library is part of the University of California, Davis and open to the public.


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In this Guide:

Assistance Animals cover a wide range of disciplines, finding the right book depends on two factors, the subject area of interest and availability.  If reading this guide and not affiliated with UC Davis, identify the nearest library open to the public (which could be UC Davis, or the public library) and look for books from there.  LOC range for many Assistance Animal texts are: HV1569.6 and under  the broader category of Working Animals: SF170-SF180.



Book JacketBook/ Call NumberBook JacketBook/Call Number
Understanding Animal Law 2016
AP Karp
Shields Lib KF390.5.A5 K37 2016
Animals and Criminal Justice 2015
CM Cusack
Shields Lib KF390.5.A5 C876 2015
Accommodation and Compliance Series: Service Animals as Workplace Accommodations 2018
Job Accommodation Network

Air Travel with Service Animals 2018
U.S. Department of Transportation
The Dog, A Natural History 2018
A Miklosi
also in print
Shields Lib SF422.5 .M545 2018a
The domestic dog : its evolution, behavior, and interactions with people 2017
J Serpell
Companion animals in everyday life : situating human-animal engagement within cultures 2016
MP Pregowski
Shields Lib SF411.5 .C658 2016
Handbook on Animal-Assisted therapy 2015
AH Fine
Blackwell's five-minute veterinary consult clinical companion canine and feline infectious diseases and parasitology 2012
SC Barr, DD Bowman & D Horwitz
also in print
Carlson Lib SF991 B36 2012
Jubb, Kennedy, & Palmer's Pathology of Domestic Animals 2007
MG Maxie