Dan Chapel, AIA, NCARB

Dan Chapel is president of Chapel Associates in Little Rock, Ark., a nationally recognized firm specializing in animal facility design. His firm has participated in the design of more than 500 veterinary hospitals, boarding kennels, and animal shelters. Past projects include two Veterinary Economics Hospitals of the Year and several Merit Award winners. Chapel is a nationally recognized expert in the field of veterinary architecture, and has served as a featured speaker on topics of animal facility design at all major veterinary conferences. He has spoken at every Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference since 1981 and has served on the Veterinary Economics Editorial Advisory Board since 1985. For a list of articles and video by Chapel, click here.


Do pet owners belong in the veterinary clinic treatment area?

We wondered, are there some significant pros and cons in showing pet owners more of what you do in your veterinary hospitals treatment and surgery space?

Hard ceilings in the veterinary clinic: Just don't

'You'll be going down a horrible acoustic road,' veterinary architect says.

'I don't want to build the Taj Mahal'

Beautiful building, right? But we're not sure how profitable it was. Plus, the hygiene in that place is questionabletoo many visitors, not enough surgical suites. Oh, wait, we're talking the overbuilt veterinary hospital Taj Mahal. Don't worry. Here are four ways to avoid that.

Color and texture: Keep your veterinary clinic inviting

Whether it's a new build or a remodeling project, this veterinary architect suggests that you focus on a warm, welcoming atmosphere, inside and out.