2014 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design People's Choice Award winner: Appanasha Pet Clinic

The people have spoken! Check out photos and specs from the People's Choice hospital and 25 other outstanding veterinary practices.
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Feb 09, 2014
By dvm360.com staff
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After weeks of voting, it's time to reveal the 2014 People's Choice champion!

Drum roll, please ...

Introducing Appanasha Pet Clinic in Menasha, Wis. This 12,181-square-foot companion animal gem is nestled away from busy roads on a 2.5-acre plot of land, but its angular exterior and clear signage manages to catch the eyes of many. The hospital owners—Drs. Mary Ann Hittle, Martin Heindel and Murray Hurlburt—helped guide the design with patients and clients first on their minds.

To give pets the best care and comfort, they incorporated a variety of features:

> low-slip flooring
> noise control
> separation of dog and cat wards
> a central recovery and intensive care ward including runs with heated floors and glass doors
> a reception and waiting area that facilitates comfortable separation of patients
> outdoor covered runs
> and a grassy, fenced exercise area.

Client amenities include an accessible location, comfortable seating, dry-erase boards for client education, a refreshment area and a children's playroom.

"Our practice philosophy also acknowledges that pet ownership is fun," the practice owners wrote in their entry. "The exam rooms are decorated in bright colors, with artwork chosen to make everyone smile. The dog water fountain, the fire hydrant dog restroom, the bird feeder viewing area for cats and the dog and cat eye charts also bring a smile. The natural landscaping and seasonal planters add to the pleasing ambiance."

As for the employees, certain elements were added to create a sense of community and connectivity. All of the veterinarians (owners and associates) share an office where they can work closely with each other. The technician office is located at the center of the clinic, allowing easy access to both the reception and exam room areas as well as the treatment and hospital areas.

"The clinic design [also] incorporated large viewing windows overlooking the treatment area to enable all staff members to be in visual contact," the owners said. "Communication and teamwork are critical to our success."

Overall, Appanasha Pet Clinic is a balanced mix of spacious yet unified, comfortable yet professional, which fosters a positive environment for all.

See what voters said about Appanasha:

"Elegant lines outside, clean, spacious interior, soothing colors, effective layout. Nice!"

"Beautiful and functional—excellent use of space!"

"Very sleek design and functional layout. It appears to have the animal in mind from the exam room to exercise yard."

"Great place, great people. The clinic has a flow to it and useful simplicity."

"We love the Appanasha Pet Clinic! The building is state-of-the-art, clean, bright and the staff is caring, knowledgeable and supportive. We feel so blessed
to have found a wonderful place for our pet."

"A warm, inviting, comforting, wonderful place, inside and out.”

Check out photos and specs from all 26 of this year's entries here.

Appanasha Pet Clinic, Menasha, Wis.
Owners: Drs. Mary Ann Hittle, Martin J. Heindel and Murray A. Hurlburt
Associates: 6
Exam rooms: 7 (& 1 comfort room)
Cost/sq. ft.: $119
Total cost: $1,963,100
Building cost: $1,500,740 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 12,181
Structure type: New freestanding building

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All Creatures Animal Hospital, Stuart, Fla.
Owners: Drs. Richard B. and Mary R. Bressman
Associates: 3
Exam rooms: 5
Cost/sq. ft.: $200
Total cost: $2,435,900
Building cost: $1,235,900 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 6,200
Structure type: New freestanding building

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Alpine Animal Clinic, Helena, Mont.
Owner: Dr. Heidi Wampler
Associates: 5
Exam rooms: 6
Cost/sq. ft.: $148.69
Total cost: $2,534,394
Building cost: $1,547,280 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 10,406
Structure type: Freestanding addition/alteration

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Ancare Veterinary Hospital, LaSalle, Ill.
Owner: Dr. Stephen Dullard
Associates: 4
Exam rooms: 6
Cost/sq. ft.: $146.28
Total cost: $2,671,129.40
Building cost: $1,589,074.70 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 10,863
Structure type: New freestanding building

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Animal Medical Center of Middletown, Louisville, Ky.
Owners: Drs. Donna Allen and Judy Hofmeister
Associates: 3
Exam rooms: 6
Cost/sq. ft.: $297
Total cost: $2,826,035
Building cost: $1,345,002 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 4,532
Structure type: New freestanding building

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Appanasha Pet Clinic, Menasha, Wis.
Owners: Drs. Mary Ann Hittle, Martin J. Heindel and Murray A. Hurlburt
Associates: 6
Exam rooms: 7 (& 1 comfort room)
Cost/sq. ft.: $119
Total cost: $1,963,100
Building cost: $1,500,740 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 12,181
Structure type: New freestanding building

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BelaCoop Animal Hospital of North Park, Gibsonia, Pa.
Owner: Dr. Katti A. Strahsmeier-Stoller
Associates: 1
Exam rooms: 4
Cost/sq. ft.: $108
Total cost: $1,260,839
Building cost: $465,502 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 4,305
Structure type: Freestanding conversion

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Boca Park Animal Hospital, Las Vegas, Nev.
Owner: Dr. John Ensign
Associates: 1
Exam rooms: 5
Cost/sq. ft.: $327
Total cost: $3,546,000
Building cost: $750,000 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 9,391
Structure type: Freestanding conversion

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Caring Hands Veterinary Hospital, Thornton, Colo.
Owner: Dr. Brett L. Rhoades
Associates: 9
Exam rooms: 8
Cost/sq. ft.: $100.40
Total cost: $4,767,234
Building cost: $2,657,151 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 16,141
Structure type: New freestanding building

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Cleveland Road Animal Hospital & The Pet Hotel, Wooster, Ohio
Owners: Drs. Chad and Stephanie Bailey
Associates: 4
Exam rooms: 5
Cost/sq. ft.: $124
Total cost: $3,112,167
Building cost: $1,660,991 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 13,300
Structure type: New freestanding building

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County Animal Clinic, Coldwater, Ohio
Owner: Dr. Ronald C. Anders
Associates: 1
Exam rooms: 2
Cost/sq. ft.: $85.96
Total cost: $733,310
Building cost: $490,000 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 5,700
Structure type: Freestanding conversion

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DTLAvets - Downtown Los Angeles Veterinary Services
Owners: Drs. Eve Flores and Leia Castañeda
Associates: 2
Exam rooms: 5
Cost/sq. ft.: $138
Total cost: $960,961
Building cost: $720,916 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 7,711
Structure type: Leasehold conversion

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Green Country Veterinary Hospital, Sapulpa, Okla.
Owner: Dr. Corinna Tressler
Associates: 1
Exam rooms: 4
Cost/sq. ft.: $181.54
Total cost: $1,710,166
Building cost: $1,040,277 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 5,730
Structure type: New freestanding building

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Guardian Animal Medical Center, Flatwoods, Ky.
Owner: Dr. M.J. Wixsom
Associates: 0
Exam rooms: 10
Cost/sq. ft.: $56.05
Total cost: $1,270,987
Building cost: $200,000 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 16,700
Structure type: Freestanding conversion

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Littleton West Animal Hospital, Littleton, Colo.
Owner: Dr. Lori Reisig
Associates: 0
Exam rooms: 3
Cost/sq. ft.: $115.30
Total cost: $492,688
Building cost: $264,244 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 2,289
Structure type: Leasehold conversion

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Marathon Veterinary Hospital, Marathon, Fla.
Owners: Drs. Douglas Mader and Geraldine Diethelm
Associates: 6
Exam rooms: 6
Cost/sq. ft.: $160
Total cost: $2,217,500
Building cost: $960,000 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 6,000
Structure type: Freestanding conversion

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Middletown Animal Hospital, Middletown, Calif.
Owner: Dr. Jeffrey J. Smith
Associates: 3
Exam rooms: 4 (& 1 comfort room)
Cost/sq. ft.: $115
Total cost: $1,225,350
Building cost: $410,000 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 4,360
Structure type: Freestanding building with addition/alteration

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Morningside Animal Hospital, Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
Owners: Drs. Jennifer DiTrapani-Gimbal and Nathan Gimbal
Associates: 6
Exam rooms: 5 (& 1 future)
Cost/sq. ft.: $152
Total cost: $2,871,000
Building cost: $1,050,000 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 6,918
Structure type: New freestanding building

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Mueller Pet Medical Center, Sacramento, Calif.
Owner: Dr. Ken Schenck
Associates: 9
Exam rooms: 9
Cost/sq. ft.: $147
Total cost: $6,839,870
Building cost: $3,833,000 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 27,000
Structure type: New freestanding building

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NorthPaws Veterinary Center, Greenville, R.I.
Owners: Drs. Mark W. and Danielle K. Paradise
Associates: 7
Exam rooms: 5
Cost/sq. ft.: $194.22
Total cost: $2,129,784
Building cost: $1,244,007 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 6,245
Structure type: Freestanding conversion

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Oswego Animal Hospital, Oswego, Ill.
Owners: Drs. Anthony Kremer, Jason Jacobson and Michael Buedel
Associates: 7
Exam rooms: 6
Cost/sq. ft.: $155.76
Total cost: $2,312,345
Building cost: $1,239,882 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 7,960
Structure type: New freestanding building

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Rowan Animal Clinic, Salisbury, N.C.
Owner: Dr. R.B. Lowe
Associates: 6
Exam rooms: 7
Cost/sq. ft.: $150
Total cost: $1,342,794
Building cost: $1,216,682 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 8,890
Structure type: New freestanding building

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Terra Vista Animal Hospital, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Owner: Dr. Michael C. Weigand, Jr.
Associates: 4
Exam rooms: 4
Cost/sq. ft.: $128
Total cost: $538,344
Building cost: N/A (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 3,570
Structure type: Leasehold conversion

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Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital, Durham, N.C.
Owners: Drs. Michael Grafinger and Jeffery Nuñez
Associates: 9
Exam rooms: 8
Cost/sq. ft.: $150.98
Total cost: $2,824,216
Building cost: $1,963,936.36 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 13,008
Structure type: Freestanding addition/ alteration/ conversion

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Veterinary Medical Center of St. Lucie County, Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
Owner: Dr. Michael Geraghty
Associates: 5
Exam rooms: 6
Cost/sq. ft.: $178.24
Total cost: $3,593,185
Building cost: $1,783,138 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 10,004
Structure type: New freestanding building

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Woodhaven Veterinary Clinic, Edmonds, Wash.
Owner: Dr. Ann M. Brudvik
Associates: 6
Exam rooms: 5
Cost/sq. ft.: $207.63
Total cost: $2,031,165
Building cost: $1,030,886 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 4,965
Structure type: New freestanding building

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Woodlake Animal Hospital, Midlothian, Va.
Owner: Dr. Leslie Ann Jones
Associates: 4
Exam rooms: 3
Cost/sq. ft.: $90.56
Total cost: $358,793.50
Building cost: $148,856.64 (building only; excludes land purchase, landscaping, parking lot, etc.)
Square footage: 1,642
Structure type: Leasehold conversion

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