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turn your dog into a psychiatric service dog

We train dogs as flight attendants for people with mental disabilities who experience relief through their dog. These dogs work in the attachment and relationship system and for this reason they must be protected and spared from separation from humans as well as from negative experiences and trauma in order to maintain their function for humans and to be able to fulfill their tasks.

The basic organization of the VFBB with your projects

Organization of the VFBB – declaration


VFBB stands for Association for Bonding and Relationships in Animal-Assisted Work. The aim of the non-profit association is to promote specific projects that deal with the successful interaction of animals and mentally handicapped people and offer solutions in this problem area.

Current concrete projects are:

  • ESAeurope (Goal: Emotional Support Animals)
  • PSDeurope (Target: Psychiatric Service Dog)
  • (goal: PSD dog training)

VFBB works with various organizations and people to achieve the defined project goals.



Group decision-maker

Beate Pottmann-Knapp

Beate Pottmann-Knapp

Board + CEO VFBB

Mag.Dr. Beate Pottmann-Knapp is the founder and board member of the VFBB. She is responsible for the general management, the strategic conception and the presentation of the group to the outside world. dr Pottmann-Knapp is the psychotherapist in charge of the group.

Burkhard Knapp

Burkhard Knapp

Vorstand + CFO VFBB

Mag.Burkhard Knapp is a founding member and board member of the VFBB and registered commercial owner of In the group he is responsible for finances and the conception of the web presentation.

Helga Aries

Helga Aries

Director of

Ms. Helga Widder is a proven specialist in the training of therapy dogs and other animals, board member at ESAAT and managing director of TAT-Österreich and TAT-WAZ. In the group, she is responsible for and creates training guidelines and scope.

Birgit Jandl

Birgit Jandl

Legal advice

dr Birgit Jandl advises the group on strategic external issues and represents them in talks with international organizations and companies.

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You have questions – contact us

Product of VFBB (Association for Bonding and Relationship in Animal Assisted Work)


Wörthersee Süduferstrasse 181
AT 9081 Maria Woerth
Carintia, Austria

Phone: +43 664 9654601