Becoming the Veterinary Economics Hospital of the Year is a tall task. It takes months of planning, managing, and yes, writing hefty checks. Here's a look at the process from beginning to end, as seen in this year's winner, Mission Animal and Bird Hospital in Mission Viejo, Calif.
Part 1: Site preparation
Top: Before there was an award-winning facility, there was a building site.
Bottom: A rough sketch shows the approximate layout of the hospital.
Photos courtesy Dr. Bob Cartin
Top: Site preparation continues.
Bottom: Workers dig deep before laying the foundation.
Top: A worker helps prepare the ground at the building site.
Bottom: The foundation takes shape.
Part 2: Construction
Top: Practice owner Dr. Bob Cartin celebrates the completed foundation.
Bottom: The construction site begins to resemble an actual hospital.
Top: Construction continues.
Bottom: Passers-by can now begin to envision the completed project.
Top: These stacks of insulation helped workers construct an energy-efficient hospital.
Bottom: Internal walls go up.
Top: The reception area begins to take shape.
Bottom: A skylight introduces natural light into the construction site.
Part 3: Finishing touches
Top: Stone accents add a pleasing element to what will become the practice's signature clock tower.
Bottom: Adding a sidewalk is one of the final pieces workers need to install to the entryway.
Top: Paint and a reception desk help complete the waiting area.
Bottom: A worker installs equipment and countertops in the treatment area.