smaller can be better.


In the end if you want a better veterinary hospital design you have to step away from the status quo- you have to build smaller.

"No matter what size your project, a great veterinary clinic design is about making the most of what you have."

Mark R. Hafen

A veterinarian I recently visited chose to buy a small practice in a mountain town, and by a river. Wowee! You can make choices too. Hit the PRIORITIES button to learn more.

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Building small gives you a better net. If you look around you can find small practices that are grossing more than a million dollars a year. And these same practices are netting significantly more per square foot than the big guys.


Building small guarantees that you, the owner/operator is engaged in the day to day practice... where the potential emotional rewards are the greatest.


Building small means you can also build where the untapped markets are - urban centers filled with millennials. Fortunately in these urban centers you have the added bonus of often being able to find an undervalued, odd-ball small space to buy or rent.


Small practices are important to the veterinary industry.


They are the obvious entry point for graduates and young aspiring veterinarians, and they are the primary source of referrals to the larger specialty clinics.


On a number of levels the veterinary industry needs to see small practices succeed.