Evidence shows that the effects of stress and fear are more damaging to pets than previously thought (see dvm360.com/Hekmanstress), and the hospital environment plays a big part in this. However, there are things you can do in your design process that can help limit the anxiety that patients feel.
Veterinary Economics, along with Heather Lewis, AIA, NCARB, of Animal Arts in Boulder, Colorado, and others have been working on a comprehensive checklist of Fear-Free veterinary design items that anyone can implement as part of an upcoming package in August. In the pages that follow we've included a special sneak peek of the checklist that you can click through and use for ideas in your design process. It includes both easy and more difficult items to accomplish. Be sure to check out dvm360.com/fearfree in August for a much longer list to use for planning.