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AVMA helps airline revise policy on emotional support animals aboard planes

The AVMA helped United Airlines refine its policy on psychiatric service and emotional support animals aboard passenger aircraft after the airline announced new requirements. Veterinarians can attest to animals' most recent health examination and owner-reported behavior, but the AVMA says veterinarians are not in a position to assess whether an animal is qualified to provide psychiatric service or emotional support, how it might react to air travel, or whether an owner requires the animal's presence.

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