Here's a look at the features the judges applauded at this year's Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Competition-and a look at what they'd do differently.
A great facility improves the medical care your team provides, raises the level of customer service, and offers team members a more comfortable working environment—which boosts job satisfaction and lowers turnover. And the trends judges saw in the 2006 entries to the Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Competition reflect significant changes in the veterinary profession, including higher standards of care, more advanced technology and diagnostic equipment, increased competition, and renewed focus on employee satisfaction.
These hospitals, with their dedication to innovation, represent the best of veterinary facility design. Of course, not every feature will work for your hospital, but think about how you might apply these concepts to your own building or remodeling project.
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Superior Animal Hospital and Boarding Suites: John Carlson, Carlson Media Inc.
Emergency Animal Clinic of Collin County: Ralph A. Thibodeau, Ralph A. Thibodeau, AIA architects
West Suburban Veterinary Associates: Aimee Lesatz, Plaidfish Communications
Grady Veterinary Hospital: J. Miles Wolf, Wolf Photography
Harden Ranch Veterinary Hospital: Tom O'Neil, TGO Photography
Yorba Regional Animal Hospital: Larry Falke, Larry A. Falke Photography
Animal Emergency & Critical Care of Lynchburg Inc.: Jack Henley, Jack Henley Portrait