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2004 Hospital of the Year
Facing monumental disaster: Hurricane damage in New Orleans
Veterinarians fought such incredible obstacles in the wake of the hurricane.
Unmasking the 2004 Hospital of the Year
In a city famous for its parties and rich with history, Metairie Small Animal Hospital fits right in. But don't let the grandeur fool you; practices of all sizes can apply the strategies that make this a terrific hospital.
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2005 Hospital of the Year
Divide and conquer
Clearly separating practice functions set the tone for VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital--and created a unique design feature. Then the design team added a superbly crafted 7,850 square-foot floor plan and thoughtfully chosen materials, securing the 2005 Veterinary Economics Hospital of the Year award.
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2006 Hospital of the Year
A tale of two practices
Dr. Steven Dunbar merged a general practice and a 24-hour emergency center into one new building. And the consistent, attractive use of color; high-quality materials; impressive client-interaction areas; and more helped Yorba Regional Animal Hospital in Anaheim, Calif., rise to the top in Veterinary Economics annual design competition.
A look at the judging
An inside look at the judging for the Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Competition
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7,000 to 10,000 square feet
Investing in bonded veterinary clients
Building space for pet adoptions makes perfect financial sense for this full-service veterinary practice.
Nibbles and bites: From restaurant to veterinary hospital
An ex-senator jumps back into the veterinary business with a high-end conversion project.
"We rebuilt!"
Putting a veterinary practice back together after a fire gave this doctor a chance to upgrade his mixed-animal hospital while staying true to his rural community.
A veterinary hospital designed for—and by— the practice team
With their veterinary patients in mind, these staff members designed a practice that works for them.
2013 Veterinary Hospital of the Year: Lap of luxury
With boarding suites and room to spread out services, Allandale Veterinary Hospital in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, acts as a second home for veterinary patients and clients.
8 years to the perfect veterinary hospital
After many stressful days and sleepless nights, Dr. Steen landed a practically perfect practice.
Small town—big opportunity for Wellington Veterinary Clinic
This award-winning veterinary practice brought much-needed veterinary care and luxury boarding to a small Colorado community.
Crafting a modern building for an old-time practice
This veterinary hospital was a long-standing neighborhood fixture and needed an update. The solution still blends well with the surroundings.
Building a legacy of quality care
The expanding family of veterinarians at Shenandoah Veterinary Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., found much-needed space in a new 8,000-square-foot hospital—and continued their father's quality of care.
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Equipment
Veterinary exam room evolution
Take a look at how the high temple of veterinary medicine—otherwise known as the exam room—has changed with the times and where it's going.
"We rebuilt!"
Putting a veterinary practice back together after a fire gave this doctor a chance to upgrade his mixed-animal hospital while staying true to his rural community.
"There's no outlet for this?!" and other veterinary hospital design don'ts
Furnishing a clinic is a great opportunity to save—or squander—loads of money.
The best way to make room for veterinary equipment
The plan to build first, buy veterinary equipment later just won't cut it—and could cost you thousands of dollars more in the long run.
3 questions to consider before investing in new technology for your veterinary practice
Don't make a big purchase without considering these questions.
Keep your veterinary practice cool this summer without going broke
This summer, follow these energy-saving tips from Ryerson University, and you can cut your veterinary practice's energy bill by 20 to 50 percent.
A look at team members' favorite veterinary equipment
A look at team members' favorite veterinary equipment
Q&A: During the building process, which duties should I delegate?
During the building process, which duties should I delegate?
6 tips for integrating equipment into your facility
That shiny equipment looks great in the showroom, but you need a plan to include it in your new or remodeled hospital. Follow this guide to make a seamless transition.
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Exotic practices
Investing in bonded veterinary clients
Building space for pet adoptions makes perfect financial sense for this full-service veterinary practice.
Build big or go home: A veterinary hospital winner in Texas
This Texas veterinarian wasn't thinking small when he designed a 24/7 hospital with emergency services.
Modernize design, maintain veterinary clients
Constantly improving, evolving, and focusing on the pet above all, Countryside Veterinary Hospital in Chelmsford, Mass., sets the standard.
2011 Hospital of the Year: Mission accomplished
It's much more than just a building. Mission Animal and Bird Hospital in Oceanside, Calif., has something for everyone—and every pet. Here's a look inside this year's Hospital of the Year.
Midcentury modern reimagined
Design pizzazz lures clients into Greek and Associates Veterinary Hospital in Yorba Linda, Calif. A passion for patients, including exotics, keeps them here.
Photo gallery: The finished product—Veterinary Center for Birds and Exotics
Dr. Laurie Hess worked for months to create a veterinary hospital tailored specifically for exotic animals. Here's a peek at the result.
Photo gallery: Construction photos—Veterinary Center for Birds and Exotics
Look inside the construction of an exotics hospital from start to finish.
Building a practice in the fast lane
Dr. Robert Goodman took an old car dealership and turned it into his dream practice.
Deep in the heart of Texas
A facility that includes regional architectural elements and projects warmth and southern hospitality, Crossroads Animal Clinic in Houston is an example of what you can achieve with design.
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Facility Design
Veterinary exam room evolution
Take a look at how the high temple of veterinary medicine—otherwise known as the exam room—has changed with the times and where it's going.
Creature comforts benefit your bottom line
Demand for luxury boarding is still growing among veterinary clientele, urban and rural. Learn how this feature can attract pet owners and create cash flow for your practice.
Making it big in the Midwest
These doctors wanted a veterinary practice that would stand out and keep with Midwestern tastes. The result: a huge yet humble design that wows.
People's Choice veterinary hospital stands tall
Careful site selection and advance planning lay the groundwork for a successful build.
Making veterinary practice home
Renovating and expanding an 1850s home illustrates this practice's motto: modern medicine with traditional values.
Moving on the landlord's dime
A property owner's desire to tear down a building turned out to be a blessing for this California veterinary practice.
Moving beyond veterinary emergencies
After years of emergency work, this doctor wanted to come into the light of day.
"We rebuilt!"
Putting a veterinary practice back together after a fire gave this doctor a chance to upgrade his mixed-animal hospital while staying true to his rural community.
Investing in bonded veterinary clients
Building space for pet adoptions makes perfect financial sense for this full-service veterinary practice.
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Flash
Creature comforts benefit your bottom line
Demand for luxury boarding is still growing among veterinary clientele, urban and rural. Learn how this feature can attract pet owners and create cash flow for your practice.
Moving beyond veterinary emergencies
After years of emergency work, this doctor wanted to come into the light of day.
Improve incrementally, grow exponentially
Learning, changing and improving daily makes perfect for this longtime veterinarian. And that includes bettering her building, too.
Making veterinary practice home
Renovating and expanding an 1850s home illustrates this practice's motto: modern medicine with traditional values.
The 2014 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Supplement
It's here! Your destination for stories, photos and floor plans from this year's Merit Award-winning practices.
Frame your veterinary practice
Not in the literal way—Wayne Usiak, AIA, is talking about rusty door frames and the impact they have on the look of your clinic.
How to make your veterinary hospital special
Every practice has exam rooms, reception and a treatment area. But what other spaces can you dream up to serve your clients and patients better?
Veterinary hospital design with felines in mind
Start here for cat-friendly hospital design resources and success stories.
Think like a cat and build a Fear Free veterinary practice
Tailor to your toughest customer and create a calming facility.
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Larger than 10,000 square feet
Moving beyond veterinary emergencies
After years of emergency work, this doctor wanted to come into the light of day.
Making it big in the Midwest
These doctors wanted a veterinary practice that would stand out and keep with Midwestern tastes. The result: a huge yet humble design that wows.
People's Choice veterinary hospital stands tall
Careful site selection and advance planning lay the groundwork for a successful build.
Veterinary hospital construction time-lapse video
Watch as 2014 Hospital of the Year Mueller Pet Medical Center makes its way from the ground up.
2014 Veterinary Hospital of the Year: Fostering a family feel
Some might say bigger veterinary clinics seem impersonal, but the cozy design of this Hospital of the Year helps clients and pets feel right at home.
Make room for veterinary technology
Utilizing the latest tools looks cool—and increases compliance.
Build big or go home: A veterinary hospital winner in Texas
This Texas veterinarian wasn't thinking small when he designed a 24/7 hospital with emergency services.
A family-friendly veterinary facility
The open atmosphere of this hospital is like a walk in the park for pets.
NorthStar VETS: Wish upon a star
This veterinarian followed his own NorthStar and landed the 36,000-square-foot practice of his dreams.
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Less than 3,500 square feet
Bringing back family medicine
Creating connections with veterinary clients and pets drove the design of this small animal practice.
A tale of two veterinary hospitals
Equine and small animal blend together in this big barn.
Veterinary design on a dime
A young veterinarian built this efficient practice with less, proving it doesn't take a fortune to build well.
Big ideas in a little veterinary package
This Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., space stands out as a tiny specialty practice that's big on charm.
Building a community
After 20 years of working for others, this doctor finds freedom in building her own practice—and enjoys the rewards of caring for people where she lives.
Small-scale success: Butterfield Animal Hospital
A smaller, more intimate practice suits this California doctor—and his clients—just fine.
Once upon a leasehold
A husband and wife team took a leasehold space in Simi Valley, Calif., and worked on it until they built a happy ending for Simi Valley Animal Hospital—one with satisfied clients and lots of growth.
A renewed commitment to cats
A devastating fire forced this doctor to rebuild his historic New Orleans practice. He took the opportunity to make a bold statement about his team's special focus on feline care.
Small space? Limited budget? Think big!
The careful design of this 3,010-square-foot hospital and the luxurious finishings belie the small footprint and reasonable price tag.
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Marketing
Boost business in your veterinary practice by using signage
A recent study finds that shoppers make important decisions based on visual cues.
Hanging with Hafen: 3 things veterinarians can learn from the retail world
Sometimes it helps to take a step back and look at the trends in other industries. Here's how retail design can be applied to your building project.
25 ways to make your team love your hospital
Your team members are what make your practice run, so give them the tools they need to succeed and to enjoy work. Here's what our veterinary architects have to say about building with your team in mind.
Choose wisely when picking a name for your veterinary practice
Consumers prefer brand names with repetition and alliteration, a new study finds.
Your manager can be your hospital construction lifeline
Learn how your practice manager can help to make your building dreams come true.
Give drivers a sneak peek with a "coming soon" sign
Show off your facility—even before it?s completed—to build a buzz among potential clients.
Hospital Design Conference video: Rethink your parking space width
Veterinary Economics Editor Kristi Reimer reports with a hot parking tip from the 2009 conference.
Image is everything
Integrate your facility's design with your business cards and other materials to help your marketing message hit home.
Live from CVC West: Improving curb appeal
The first things clients see when they approach your practice is the sign. In this audio clip from CVC West, architect Dan Chapel gives tips for making your sign work for you.
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Materials
Veterinary exam room evolution
Take a look at how the high temple of veterinary medicine—otherwise known as the exam room—has changed with the times and where it's going.
Bringing back family medicine
Creating connections with veterinary clients and pets drove the design of this small animal practice.
Investing in bonded veterinary clients
Building space for pet adoptions makes perfect financial sense for this full-service veterinary practice.
"We rebuilt!"
Putting a veterinary practice back together after a fire gave this doctor a chance to upgrade his mixed-animal hospital while staying true to his rural community.
Nibbles and bites: From restaurant to veterinary hospital
An ex-senator jumps back into the veterinary business with a high-end conversion project.
Preventive health includes people, too
This Old Florida-style veterinary hospital puts the health of clients, staff and patients top of mind.
Frame your veterinary practice
Not in the literal way—Wayne Usiak, AIA, is talking about rusty door frames and the impact they have on the look of your clinic.
Building your veterinary practice color palette
From floor to walls and everything in between, here are some important things to keep in mind when choosing hues for your clinic.
"There's no outlet for this?!" and other veterinary hospital design don'ts
Furnishing a clinic is a great opportunity to save—or squander—loads of money.
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Mixed-animal practices
Making veterinary practice home
Renovating and expanding an 1850s home illustrates this practice's motto: modern medicine with traditional values.
"We rebuilt!"
Putting a veterinary practice back together after a fire gave this doctor a chance to upgrade his mixed-animal hospital while staying true to his rural community.
Photo gallery: Changing the face of rural veterinary medicine
Animal owners of all kinds find great medicine at Renfro Veterinary Services, a well-thought-out small animal, equine, and livestock practice in Richmond, Mo.
Crafting a modern building for an old-time practice
This veterinary hospital was a long-standing neighborhood fixture and needed an update. The solution still blends well with the surroundings.
Preparation paves the way
An antiquated facility meant it was time to start from scratch for this doctor. But hiring a design-build team and learning to delegate meant that building Goose Creek Veterinary Clinic in Goose Creek, S.C., was a headache-free experience.
A rose in Richmond
Bright colors, rich textures, and ample accents get tongues wagging and clients returning to this massive but affordable Texas facility.
Strong friends, strong faith
It took time and effort—and a lot of courage—but dreams became reality for two lifelong friends in the form of Zoot Pet Hospital in Georgetown, Texas.
The hills are alive
An old farmhouse gave way to a cutting-edge veterinary facility in Floyds Knobs, Ind. Hillside Animal Clinic uses practice efficiency and a handy drive-through window to put clients first.
Small-practice warmth; big-time convenience
The goal: Build a facility big enough to accommodate future growth without losing the small-practice feel. The result: Alexandria Veterinary Clinic PetCare Center in Alexandria, Minn., a warm practice that's built to last.
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Noise & Odor
Design Details with Hafen and Lewis: Ways to keep your veterinary clinic clean
Remember: Germs and disease love to hang out in your veterinary practice as much as you do.
The 2012 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Supplement
Find out if these 4 cutting-edge veterinary trends are for you.
The 2011 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Supplement
From flooring to financing, we've got you covered.
4 ways to control noise in your veterinary hospital
Your canine patients can transform your practice from calm to chaotic with one yip—and drive your team members from pleasant to harried. Consider these tips to tackle noise during your new construction or renovation.
Make time to meet during your construction project
Sure, your schedule is crazy. But carving out a couple of hours per week could be the key to keeping your project on schedule and on budget.
25 ways to make your team love your hospital
Your team members are what make your practice run, so give them the tools they need to succeed and to enjoy work. Here's what our veterinary architects have to say about building with your team in mind.
Live from the 2010 Hospital Design Conference: Use photos to find flaws in your facility
It's easy to overlook your practice's faults. But take a step back and use a critical eye to find the problem areas—and then fix them.
Building better health into your veterinary hospital
Good design is more than building codes and aesthetics. Employ these innovative evidence-based designs to boost patient, client, and team member health.
Video: Building a green practice: Part 9
Choosing environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.
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Office Efficiency
Avoid floor plan follies in your veterinary practice
Make sure your veterinary hospital "road map" isn't going to put your clinic on the fast track to disaster.
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Photo Gallery: exteriors
Modern facility, farmhouse charm
For 34 years, the doctors at Gunbarrel Veterinary Clinic in Boulder, Colo., cared for pets out of an old farmhouse. The building consisted of two exam rooms, a cramped treatment area, and a noisy kennel that shared a wall with an exam room.
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Small
Once upon a leasehold
A husband and wife team took a leasehold space in Simi Valley, Calif., and worked on it until they built a happy ending for Simi Valley Animal Hospital—one with satisfied clients and lots of growth.
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Video
Think like a cat and build a Fear Free veterinary practice
Tailor to your toughest customer and create a calming facility.
What should first time builders know before launching a veterinary hospital design project?
Proper prep points to a pleasing process
First-time veterinary hospital builders: Beware the budget
Do you really know how much your project is going to cost?
What clients, team members can contribute to your new veterinary hospital
"Dreamboards," veterinary client dinners and more ways to spark ideas for your project.
"There's no outlet for this?!" and other veterinary hospital design don'ts
Furnishing a clinic is a great opportunity to save—or squander—loads of money.
The best type of building for conversion to a veterinary clinic
Repurpose these existing facilities and save big money.
Organization trumps decoration for veterinary clinic interiors
Clients prefer orderly offices over lavish designs.
How do I spend my veterinary hospital design dollars most effectively?
Pay close attention to design details today and put them out of your mind for years.
Do I need a veterinary architect?
Is the hospital design phase a time to wing it?
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Walls & Floors
"We rebuilt!"
Putting a veterinary practice back together after a fire gave this doctor a chance to upgrade his mixed-animal hospital while staying true to his rural community.
Bringing back family medicine
Creating connections with veterinary clients and pets drove the design of this small animal practice.
Building your veterinary practice color palette
From floor to walls and everything in between, here are some important things to keep in mind when choosing hues for your clinic.
Materials matter in veterinary hospital design
Find out why it pays to use pricier, high-quality materials in veterinary practice.
The 2012 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Supplement
Find out if these 4 cutting-edge veterinary trends are for you.
Make strong color choices for your veterinary practice
Everyone responds to color, so the choices you make will affect your team as they work every day, and your clients? impressions of their veterinary practice visit.
7 ways your veterinary practice can make a better first (and lasting) impression
Sure, it's fun to dream about a beautiful new facility, but a few small and inexpensive steps could win you far more points that you might think with potential veterinary clients.
Hanging with Hafen: How moisture can ruin your floors
Avoid a construction disaster by taking the proper precautions when laying flooring on top of your concrete slab.
The 2011 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Supplement
From flooring to financing, we've got you covered.
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Web Daily
Veterinary exam room evolution
Take a look at how the high temple of veterinary medicine—otherwise known as the exam room—has changed with the times and where it's going.
How to design with felines in mind
Cater to cats and clients with these feline-friendly hospital design ideas.
Frame your veterinary practice
Not in the literal way—Wayne Usiak, AIA, is talking about rusty door frames and the impact they have on the look of your clinic.
Think like a cat and build a Fear Free veterinary practice
Tailor to your toughest customer and create a calming facility.
Building your veterinary practice color palette
From floor to walls and everything in between, here are some important things to keep in mind when choosing hues for your clinic.
2014 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design People's Choice Award winner: Appanasha Pet Clinic
The people have spoken! Check out photos and specs from the People's Choice hospital and 25 other outstanding veterinary practices.
What should first time builders know before launching a veterinary hospital design project?
Proper prep points to a pleasing process
Organization trumps decoration for veterinary clinic interiors
Clients prefer orderly offices over lavish designs.
3 permanent veterinary design mistakes
Some design choices are tough to erase from your veterinary hospital later. Find the worst offenders here.
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