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Choosing your design team
The right planner will anticipate and handle your headaches and red tape.
An engineer's input can make sure your new veterinary hospital is suitably powered, ventilated and safe for patients.
This hospital design expert says vets must resist the urge to undertake what will essentially lose them money.
HospitalDesign360 conference educator Wayne Usiak, AIA, shares common (but avoidable!) client mistakes-Are YOU guilty of these?
It may not be the most fun part of the process, but it's arguably the most important.
This CPA says you should get your document ducks in a row.
Help your veterinary construction project stay on point and on budget with this critical assistant.
Feel out of your depth talking the practice owner into a new piece of expensive equipment or planning your own startup or practice purchase? You're not alone. Here's the short answer to, “What do I need to think about when I borrow a lot of money?”
The veterinary practice of your dreams may require some serious cash. Here are some back-of-the-napkin calculations you can do to figure out if you can get what you need, courtesy of veterinary finance guru Gary Glassman.
Gary Glassman, CPA, shares an encouraging five-year trend.
Veterinary design projects are a serious investment. Use these tips from Dan Chapel, AIA, NCARB, to help you keep it manageable in the process.
The building process
Here are four ways to be really happy with the person overseeing the subcontractors and job-site workers who are building your dream veterinary hospital.
The dream-into-reality moment of your veterinary design project explained.
An expert's take on the details that may prove important to your project
A healthy and productive staff leads to better patient care.
Wayne Usiak, AIA, shares strategies for location selection and maximizing small spaces.
These design touches won't just get you points on your AAHA accreditation score. They're industry standards that HospitalDesign360 conference educator Heather Lewis, AIA, hopes to see in every veterinary hospital, every time.
Just because the space was created by an architect doesn't mean the design work is done.
Flex that space for the benefit of clinic and clients.
This crucial space can set the tone for the entire visit with your clients. Use these tips from veterinary architect Dan Chapel, AIA, NCARB, to keep your space functional and beautiful.
Thinking of adding a separate dental area to your veterinary clinic? You'll want to incorporate these tips into your design.
You can appeal to fun, style and client satisfaction everywhere else in your hospital design. The surgery suite is where you keep it real ... real CLEAN.
These spaces are functional and stress-reducing for veterinary patients and the teams working with them.
This area is often a forgotten space in your hospital, but highly trained team members spend a lot of time working in this space. Putting thought into the design will foster better patient care and staff efficiency.
Maybe not, experts say. Service, rather than separate space, should shine.
Don't let your sign detract from the quality care you provide. Use these tips to boost your curb appeal.
Fear Free design
Listen to how veterinary architect Heather Lewis thinks the approach is reformulating facility design.
If the plan is too crazy or expensive, your architect will rein you in!
Architect Heather Lewis is working with veterinary experts to figure out what colors could help calm canines and felines in a veterinary practice.
Smart design can keep stress low and patients at ease.
Choice of materials-and the tables themselves-have changed for the betterment of patient care.
Veterinary architect Heather Lewis is here to remind the veterinary world that even man's closest of animal companions still sees, smells, hears and experiences very differently in crucial ways. Keeping that truth in mind helps immensely when it comes to designing a low-stress environment.
Advancing technology isn't just for your instruments and software.
Keeping your new facility clean
As veterinary hospitals get more creative in design and look less like hospitals, it's still important to use easy-to-clean finishes. Follow these tips from Heather Lewis, our favorite neat freak.
Face it: Some areas of your practice are, well, kinda gross. Let this cleanliness-focused veterinary architect show you better ways to be germ-free.
Remodeling your facility
Would someone driving past your handsome practice building stop to bring in a beloved family member? Would a current client give up on you and find another veterinarian because it looks like you just don't care about how old and dumpy your practice looks? Join us for a totally free, three-step program to boost your veterinary hospital's curb appeal-and attract new clients. Sign up, get the emails and get to work!
If your reception area could use a refresh, start with the reception desk, says veterinary architect Heather Lewis. That one change will make a big difference in your space.
Small touch-ups and an objective look at your space will go a long way in getting an associate or other potential practice buyer interested.
"Place that money where it does the most good," says veterinary architect Dan Chapel.