Trading spaces: dvm360s top 10 hospital design articles of 2018


From tiny tweaks on existing clinics to building from the ground up, here are the 10 most-read veterinary hospital design articles from the past year.

In veterinary practices across the country, owners agonize over how to make their spaces client- and team-friendly. Read about their innovative solutions in this year's most-read hospital design articles.

Outdoor waiting area at High Point Animal Hospital in Maumee, Ohio. (Photo courtesy of BDA Architecture)

10. How to make pet owner waits nicer 

Visiting the veterinarian can be an anxiety-inducing experience for both pets and their owners, but solutions like outdoor waiting areas, long-term waiting areas for owners whose pets are undergoing medical procedures and cat-specific waiting rooms can make pet owners' time in the practice more pleasant.


Northpointe Veterinary Hospital in Yuba City, California, the 2018 dvm360 General Practice Hospital of the Year. (Photo by Larry Falke, Falke Photography)

9. dvm360 Hospital Design Competition announces 2018 winners

Seven veterinary practices earned awards in the 2018 dvm360 Hospital Design Competition, with two hospitals earning the top honor as co-Hospitals of the Year. Five other hospitals garnered Merit Awards.


Noah's Westside Animal Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bednarski, Fotovan)

8. The ark of efficiency

To increase workflow efficiency and decrease the cost of high-quality pet care, Noah's Westside Animal Hospital put general practice under the same roof as ER and specialty services, but with separate entrances. The layout allows the veterinary team to share resources while decreasing hassles and stress for clients.


The team at Care Animal Hospital of Pleasant Prairie designed a building that reflected their high-quality standards for surgery and medicine -- inside and out. (Photo by Jennifer Pelphrey, Pelphrey Photography)

7. They care a lot! 

When husband-and-wife team Rebecca Wilsey-Brewer, DVM, and Russell Brewer, DVM, outgrew their facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, they opted for high-quality materials and carefully planned details for their new 11,836-square-foot space to show how much they care about their clients.

6. Veterinary hospital financing: How to get the funds you need

To design a veterinary practice, one thing is crucial for success: reliable funds. Gary Glassman, CPA, of Burzenski and Co., shares tips on how to secure financing so you can get onto the fun parts of building and decorating your hospital.


A 2017 dvm360 Hospital Design People's Choice winner, Carolina Ranch Animal Hospital & Resort in Garner, North Carolina, included this break room with flexible seating. Primary architects: Will Marshburn, Brian Griffith, Bobbit Design Build (Photo courtesy of Paul Potera)

5. Don't break your break room

In a high-stress environment like a veterinary practice, the break room is a crucial space for team members to unwind. But when budgets get crunched, the break room can take the brunt of the blow. With these tips, create a break room that sets your team up for success.


If you keep running into clutter, it may be time to rethink your surgical space. (

4. 4 ways to ruin your surgical space

From a lack of outlets and windows to too much junk in the room, Jennifer Wardlaw, DVM, MS, DACVS, explains in this to-don't list to make your surgical space a truly miserable place to perform delicate and tricky procedures.


A clinic in the country: Inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the veterinary hospital Dr. Jordan Kobilca dreamed of finally came to fruition after years of planning. Special care went into every detail, including the exterior columns. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Carter, Fotosold.)

3. Midcentury modern meets veterinary care 

Jordan Kobilca, DVM, has always dreamed of a Midcentury modern-style for Door County Veterinary Hospital. After years keeping the clinic in his mind's eye, he found the right team to make his dream into a reality, which earned him a Merit Award in the 2018 dvm360 Hospital Design Competition.


Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, the 2018 Specialty Hospital of the Year. (Photos courtesy of Tim Murphy, Murphy Foto Imagery)

2. 2018 Specialty Hospital of the Year: Bite-sized tips from a big practice

Learn how Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, maintains a general practice with specialty referral and 24/7 emergency services all under one roof. The smooth operations of the 37,819-square-foot facility are why it was named the 2018 dvm360 Hospital Design Competition Specialty Hospital of the Year.


Veterinary Surgical Centers' bold but natural color scheme creates an environment where clients and pets feel welcome.

1. 2018 Hospital Design People's Choice Award winner: Veterinary Surgical Centers 

When voters on had the opportunity to pick their favorite hospital design in 2018, they landed on Veterinary Surgical Centers in Vienna, Virginia. The surgery and rehabilitation practice reimagined a dingy basement into a light and bright space with functionality, private and group workspaces and world-class equipment.

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