Colorful coordination: A bright way to tie your veterinary hospital together


1st Pet Veterinary Centers in Mesa, Arizona, our 2016 Hospital of the Year winner, adopted a bright teal-and-orange color theme throughout the hospital. The result is cheerful but still sophisticated.

All photos courtesy of Mark Boisclair, Mark Boisclair PhotographyThink outside the box

Randy Spencer, DVM, owner of this 24/7 specialty referral, emergency and general practice, had always considered orange an accent color until he saw the proposal for his new brand colors. Now he's convinced the exposed masonry with teal and orange panels is the perfect fit for the surrounding Arizona landscape. The large sign on the northwest side of the building lights up at night, serving as a guiding light for clients with pets in crisis.


A private escape

In the hospital's comfort room, the colors coordinate with the theme but are more subdued. “Emergency medicine is the largest of services we provide,” Spencer says. “It's such an emotional area. Many times our patients are very sick or injured.” Abundant seating for families and natural light were a must in 1st Pet's comfort room. The ceiling-to-floor glass door brings in even more light and provides a private exit for pet owners. The vessel sink, large area rug and vinyl geometric pattern wall covering create a warm, comfortable setting for clients during difficult times.


Sterile doesn't have to mean sterile

The color palette, which Spencer achieved with the help of a veterinary branding company, continues even in clinical spaces, such as the intensive care unit. It's true: Clinical doesn't have to mean sterile white-note the colorful coordinating mats in the recovery cages.


A client-free oasis

In a 24/7 hospital with seven associates, 24 full-time team members and three part-time employees, a flexible meeting-break-work space is key. Orange-and-blue silk floral centerpieces and chairs match 1st Pet's brand colors and liven up lunchtime. The folding acoustic partition provides an easy way for veterinarians to get a little privacy in the back office area.


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