Plan space in the veterinary clinic for your stuff and your staff

June 26, 2017
Dan Chapel, AIA, NCARB

Dan Chapel is president of Chapel Associates in Little Rock, Ark., a nationally recognized firm specializing in animal facility design. His firm has participated in the design of more than 500 veterinary hospitals, boarding kennels, and animal shelters. Past projects include two Veterinary Economics Hospitals of the Year and several Merit Award winners. Chapel is a nationally recognized expert in the field of veterinary architecture, and has served as a featured speaker on topics of animal facility design at all major veterinary conferences. He has spoken at every Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference since 1981 and has served on the Veterinary Economics Editorial Advisory Board since 1985. For a list of articles and video by Chapel, click here.

CVC educator Dan Chapel says "storage isn't sexy," but it's essential.

While it may be more fun to design a flashy lobby or other fancy focal point in your practice, veterinary architect Dan Chapel, AIA, NCARB, says you really need to plan for storage too. (You can click here to learn from Dan how to design right and kill clutter.) He also points out that the veterinary team needs room to function throughout the day, whether it's returning phone calls or just grabbing lunch. "Your staff is valuable and hard to keep, so you want to provide them some space of their own," he says. Watch the video for more.