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The 2017 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Supplement walks through all areas of your dream hospital.

Katie James, Associate Content SpecialistWhen was the last time you stopped to consider the path a patient takes through your hospital on a journey to health and wellness?

This year's Hospital Design Supplement, which comes out each June with your issue of dvm360 magazine, does just that, covering everything from the very beginnings of a project-the financing-to the reception area, the exam rooms, pack/prep and scrub spaces, and even auxiliary services you can add on at the end.

Get your creative energy flowing as you read through the articles below, and then come see us at the Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference at CVC Kansas City, August 23-25, for three jam-packed days dedicated to all things hospital design. Through sessions dedicated to the design, building and decorating phases of your project, you'll get in-the-trenches tips and advice from the nation's most respected veterinary architects, engineers and financial experts to set up your new build-or remodel-for success. For more information, visit

Have you tried any of the tricks or trends we show off in this special issue? We'd love to see your project. Send us an email to You never know-we might just feature your hospital in an upcoming column.




Katie James, Associate Content Specialist

Small change: Huge impact

If your reception area could use a refresh, start with the reception desk says veterinary architect Heather Lewis. That one change will make a big difference in your space.


Pack/prep/scrub smarts

With a little functional forethought, you can set yourself up for sterility when designing your veterinary hospital's pack/prep/scrub area.


Interior finishes and infectious disease: Dos and don'ts from a veterinary architect

As veterinary hospitals get more creative in design and look less like hospitals, it's still important to use easy-to-clean finishes. Follow these tips from Heather Lewis, our favorite neat freak.

Exam rooms that shine

This crucial space can set the tone of the entire visit with your clients. Use these tips from veterinary architect Dan Chapel, to keep your space functional and beautiful.


How much money do you need to build your veterinary hospital?

The veterinary practice of your dreams may require some serious cash. Here are some back-of-the-napkin calculations you can do to figure out if you can get what you need, courtesy of veterinary finance guru Gary Glassman.

To Groom or Not to Groom

With use of ancillary services on the rise, these additions could really help your practice shine.



How to teach a lab new tricks

This area is often a forgotten space in your hospital, but highly-trained team members spend a lot of time working in this space. Putting thought into its' design will foster better patient care and staff efficiency.


Should you attend the Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference? A dvm360 flowchart.

Are you wavering on the decision to come to the design conference? This chart will help you out.

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