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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
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.
A rose in Richmond
Bright colors, rich textures, and ample accents get tongues wagging and clients returning to this massive but affordable Texas facility.
Taking the chaos out of caring for pets
Step in and warm up by the fire. Companion Animal Care Center in Winona, Minn., creates a cozy way to care for pets and their owners.
Medicine in the mountains
A relaxing vacation inspired Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital in Flat Rock, N.C., a rustic masterpiece that reflects the hospital's beautiful mountainous surroundings.
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Equipment
"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.
Q&A: During the building process, which duties should I delegate?
During the building process, which duties should I delegate?
A look at team members' favorite veterinary equipment
A look at team members' favorite veterinary equipment
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.
New technologies affecting design
Veterinary architect Mark Hafen, AIA, cites wireless technology as an exciting innovation in design and describes how its implementation is beneficial to the staff and the bottom line.
10 ways to build a green veterinary hospital
Building green is all the rage, but it can be tough to see through the fog of hazy information and ideas. Here's a guide to clearing the air and creating your dream earth-friendly hospital.
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Exotic practices
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.
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.
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Facility Design
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.
Smart design tips for boarding, grooming
Tips to spruce up ancillary service areas on a budget.
3 ways to make your veterinary hospital more pet-friendly
You know your veterinary patients better than anyone does. Have you thought about what they want in your facility?
3 permanent veterinary design mistakes
Some design choices are tough to erase from your veterinary hospital later. Find the worst offenders here.
5 ways to make veterinary clients' lives harder
Follow these common design faux pas and you'll have veterinary clients frustrated in no time.
Optimize traffic flow in veterinary hospital design
Get this crucial aspect of planning right from the start.
Efficiency in a veterinary practice with a small footprint
It's not impossible to build a high-efficiency veterinary practice in a small space.
Live from CVC: It's a wrap—the 2012 Hospital Design Conference
Take a walk with us through the last three of veterinary design tips and trends from expert architects at the 2012 Hospital Design Conference, held in conjunction with CVC Kansas City.
Design Details with Hafen and Lewis: Tricks to make your veterinary clinic work
Take your veterinary hospital to the next level with these design tips.
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Flash
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.
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 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.
Building a transparent veterinary practice—with glass, open spaces and values
By breaking down barriers, you can give your clients an exceptional veterinary hospital experience.
3 permanent veterinary design mistakes
Some design choices are tough to erase from your veterinary hospital later. Find the worst offenders here.
What should first time builders know before launching a veterinary hospital design project?
Proper prep points to a pleasing process
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.
A tale of two veterinary hospitals
Equine and small animal blend together in this big barn.
Third time's even more charming for Upstate Veterinary Specialists
A bold design approach makes this satellite clinic stand out in a crowd—and fit in with the main clinic.
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Larger than 10,000 square feet
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.
Divide and conquer your veterinary hospital
Splitting the PetCare Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif., in two led to more growth and better veterinary client service.
Perfect the veterinary practice flow: traffic, technology, and talk
Find out how Drs. Alan Green and David Sachs of Charleston Veterinary Referral Center built a big hospital with little room for confusion in Charleston, S.C.
The elements of style in veterinary practice
Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle embraces Mother Nature.
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Less than 3,500 square feet
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.
Big dreams in a small space
It's not smoke and mirrors, but glass and an efficient floor plan that make Animal Health Center at Weston, a 2,600-square-foot practice, seem larger than life.
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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.
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.
Your manager can be your hospital construction lifeline
Learn how your practice manager can help to make your building dreams come true.
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

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.
Photo gallery: 28 veterinary hospital signs to survey
Thinking about updating your practice's signage? Check out what others are doing for tips!
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.
Hanging with Hafen: Making the most of a lease space practice
Here's how to maximize your square footage and your dollars in a leasehold facility.
Materials matter in veterinary hospital design
Find out why it pays to use pricier, high-quality materials in veterinary practice.

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