How is Fear Free affecting veterinary hospital design?

December 19, 2017
Heather E. Lewis, AIA, NCARB
Heather E. Lewis, AIA, NCARB

Heather Lewis, AIA, NCARB, is a partner at Animal Arts, an architecture firm in Boulder, Colorado and frequent HospitalDesign360 conference speaker. She's a lighting geek and a (seriously) devoted advocate of minimizing pets' stress and anxiety during their veterinary visits. She has designed practices and shelters that range in size from 1,200 square feet to 110,000 square feet. During grad school (as a break from architorture) she trained miniature horses to pull carts!

Listen to how veterinary architect Heather Lewis thinks the approach is reformulating facility design.

As the Fear Free theory of veterinary care continues to take hold, its effects are being felt throughout every aspect of the profession, including clinic design, according to Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference speaker Heather Lewis, AIA, NCARB. One aspect of Fear Free that's turning thinking about design around is that of species separation-the idea of eliminating stressful exposure to other animals during a hospital visit.

Fear Free in the realm of hospital design

Designing Fear Free: Get your ideas out there.

Take a look at how Bigger Road Veterinary Center implemented Fear Free concepts.

A Fear Free idea any practice can use.

"Trying to understand how we can achieve really good species separation while still achieving a hospital that's efficient, open, collaborative-these are the challenges that we're currently facing," she says.

Watch the video to hear more.