Service animals offer independence and a sense of security for people with a range of disabilities. We review the extant literature on service animals at work and describe key themes from the perspective of both handlers and employers. We then highlight four areas for future research (i.e., service animals effect on employment outcomes, handler’s identity, other stakeholders’ legitimacy perceptions, and handler experiences of service animal transitions at work). Our hope is that this chapter stirs interest in an undertheorized, yet practically important aspect of disability inclusion at work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Companion to Disability and Work
EditorsOana Branzei, Anica Zeyen
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 Jun 2024


  • disability
  • service animal
  • assistance animal
  • service dog
  • assistance dog
  • work

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