Let natural light into your veterinary clinic's treatment area

August 14, 2018
Ashley Shoults, AIA

Sunlight is good for the patients and the staff. But it's tricky to get it to the entire hospital. Listen to an architect's solutions.

We've known for years that daylight is good for our health. And now, as Ashley Shoults, AIA, of Animal Arts in Boulder, Colorado, notes at the HospitalDesign360 conference, the presence of natural light has proven to benefit pets as well, helping keep them more at ease.

Getting this type of light into all sections of the veterinary hospital can be challenging though, especially in the case of treatment areas which are often deep in the building. But do our expert veterinary architects have this covered? Of course!

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Shoults recommends installing clerestory windows or skylights where available. These high openings let the desirable light penetrate otherwise windowless rooms.

She also points to Solatubes, the product that channels light from the outside into problematic spots.

She also explains how figurative transparency between staff and clients can be made literal by using windows that lead from the front of the building through exam rooms and beyond.

"It's kind of a newer concept," she says. "Some people love it, some people hate it, but having more windows up front ... is another way you can get light into the back of the hospital."

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