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Design the Dream: A Veterinarian's Preconstruction Primer


Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell, 2003



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The process of planning and building or renovating a veterinary healthcare facility is often long, complex, and fraught with problems. To increase the chances for success, turn to the "Design the Dream" consultants - specialists who provide guidance based on visits to over 2500 hospitals in the past decade. "Design the Dream" teaches practice managers/administrators, board members, facility planning teams, and veterinarians about the process, potential pitfalls, and technical terminology of veterinary facility programming and design. A collaboration with a consultant or architect helps to identify the benefits of the practice's expansion or evolution. Careful planning can assure not only the financial viability of the practice, but also its survival vis-a-vis regulatory agencies. "Design the Dream: A Pre-Construction Primer" describes the process of creating a new building (or altering an existing one) from conception to construction initiation. It explains programming and design in sufficient detail to establish a common language and understanding between the veterinarians and practice managers/administrators and the architects and engineers. Offers criteria to evaluate design concepts. Ensures that each potential veterinary practice can access the needed resources before investing their future earnings. Conceived and developed as a pre-construction self-training and orientation text, "Design the Dream" demonstrates how members of the practice staff and technical experts work together to create the long-range plan of the practice. Example flow diagrams and draft facility floor plans spark creativity, provide a starting point for adaptation to individual needs, and represent a dream that can be pursued and achieved. Whether your veterinary healthcare team is creating a new facility or adapting a facility that no longer fits your practice style or client expectations, "Design the Dream" will ease the process.

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