How engineers save veterinarians' butts

August 16, 2017
C. Scott Learned, MS, MBA, PE
C. Scott Learned, MS, MBA, PE

C. Scott Learned, MS, MBA, PE, is president of Design Learned, which specializes in engineering, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, noise control, and fire-protection exclusively for animal-care facilities. Learned is a board-certified mechanical engineer and electrical engineer.

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The building or redesign of a veterinary clinic benefits from a veterinary design-specific architect, but if you're spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a hospital, have you thought about spending a little of that on an engineer too?

It's a requirement for new construction projects in the United States, says Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference faculty member C. Scott Learned, MS, MBA, PE.

In the case of remodels, Learned says it's still a good idea. He points out that, in the absence of mechanical, electrical and other construction engineers, the client and architect must rely on contractors to do design for a building with which they have no familiarity or understanding of the nuances of controlling odor, disease and noise.

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