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Specialist veterinary architects offer knowledge and experience that a regular designer or builder just doesn’t have.
Veterinary hospitals are buildings like no other. While comparisons to human medical facilities can be made, their patients don’t pee on the floor (usually). There are many designers that work in the human, medical and dental space, which certainly has some parallels at least in terms of comparative scale to many general practice veterinary clinics and because they are often fit-outs in existing buildings, but that is where the comparisons end. Veterinary architecture must carefully address veterinary-specific workflow, special noise and odour issues, animal housing environments, durability of materials, and ventilation requirements among others.
The best veterinary architectural solutions will “right-size” your design to meet your minimum workflow requirements and maximise your investment in terms of revenue per square metre that you can generate in your new clinic or hospital.
Veterinary Architect or Building Designer?
A qualified veterinary architect has likely designed dozens or even hundreds of veterinary facilities over a decades long career. They have learned the business of veterinary medicine, understand veterinary workflow and spatial requirements, and most importantly, have learned from their mistakes! Veterinary architects lecture at veterinary conferences, author books on veterinary hospital design, and maintain extensive networks with veterinary practitioners, veterinary management consultants, and equipment suppliers. These experiences and networks contribute to the resources that a veterinary architect brings to every project, regardless of its size.
As registered architects, they have demonstrated minimum technical and professional qualifications, and are required to meet a minimum standard for continuing professional development to maintain licensure. While some construction companies offer design-construct solutions marketed directly to veterinarians, they often rely on sub-contracted designers rather than experienced, qualified, and fully registered architects. It wouldn’t be expected to trust advanced medical care to a technician, and neither should specialty architectural design be entrusted to a designer.