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  • Rhesa Houston, DVM

5 Pathways of Collaboration


In my work as a veterinarian, I understand the many health benefits of having a working animal. I also understand the importance and need to partner and collaborate with a multitude of healthcare professionals that manage the medical needs of a disabled person.

The future of healthcare lies in successful collaborations from many different medical disciplines. In the use of animals as a treatment option, it is imperative to develop a multidisciplinary healthcare team that collaborates and coordinates the contributions of the veterinary profession to improve patient outcomes.


At Assistance Animals Consulting, we are veterinarians, recognized experts uniquely qualified to serve the community by providing resources for education, behavioral understanding, and guidance regarding working animals. Our veterinarians are here to collaborate with all individuals involved in managing the care of a disabled person using a working animal as a life line.


The veterinarians at Assistance Animals Consulting have determined there are 5 important collaborative pathways to evaluate and address the healthcare needs of a disabled person and their working animal. Having a strategic partnership with Assistance Animals Consulting, we will have important issues addressed in a comprehensive and integrated care plan. With our comprehensive care plan we will collaborate with the following:

  1. Case Worker - State Level, Federal Level or both

  2. Provider - Prescribing Healthcare Professional

  3. Subscriber - Handler

  4. General Veterinary Practitioner

  5. Assistance Animals Consulting

Assistance Animals Consulting wants to partner with you to ensure a successful plan is developed for the patient and working animal. As veterinarians, we want to ensure optimum functioning of the human and animal partnering team, create successful human-animal interactions, and have a positive effect on patient outcomes. Contact us to receive more information about how we can partner with you.