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August 20, 2021 - Arminco Inc.
Veterinary offices get a lot of wear and tear over the years due to the nature of their work. There are many reasons to consider a veterinary clinic remodel.
Maybe you just want to reduce your office clutter and create a more organized space. Perhaps you want to design a more welcoming and inviting office experience. Or maybe your veterinary hospital needs a full facility upgrade.
Your clinic represents your business. The impression a client gets from being in your office will determine a lot about their experience at your practice. It could determine if they return or recommend your services.
Here's what you need to consider when remodeling your veterinary clinic.
Your goal in redesigning your animal clinic should be to combine function with a visual aesthetic. You want your office to be able to function efficiently. You also want your clientele to have a pleasant experience.
Things like cleanliness, ventilation, lighting, flooring, and sound control have a significant effect on how people feel when they're in a new space. Take the time to imagine you are a client at your veterinary clinic.
Hire a professional to assist you with the design and architecture of the areas of your office you want to renovate. Once you have a design plan, let it marinate for a few days before you decide whether it is just right.
The reception area is the first impression your clients have of your clinic. Often clients will spend far more time in the reception area than they do in the examination rooms. Great reception design is key.
A lot of veterinary clinics utilize a reception desk that serves as a barrier between the reception area and the exam rooms and offices. Usually, this ends up creating an off-putting and cluttered vibe.
Many designers recommend separating the reception area from the rest of the clinic.
Excellent signage is key to a successful business. If your clients can't find you, how can they use your services?
An eye-catching, stylish, professionally designed sign at the entry to your parking lot and on the front of your building can do wonders to boost business. First impressions are everything.
It's relatively simple and inexpensive to replace outdated light fixtures. You want plenty of light in your office, but lighting that is done well.
Avoid fluorescent lighting if you can. If you must use it, try CFL tubes for a pleasant lighting situation. You'll also want to incorporate floor and table lamps to create a more intimate lighting experience in the reception area.
The best type of light is natural light. If you're in an old building without sufficient natural light, you may want to add high windows and skylights to improve the quality of light in your offices.
Upgrading your lab, diagnostic, and imaging equipment will improve the experience of your clients and your staff. You can even purchase recently manufactured used equipment to reduce costs.
Develop a good relationship with your design team. Listen to their suggestions, but make sure your needs and desires are heard and respected as well. Once you have a plan you like, focus on your business and let the experts work.
If the plan your designers come up with suits your needs or fit your budget, remember that it's okay to get a second or third opinion. You're likely spending a lot of money, so you want to get the results you're after.
When remodeling your veterinary clinic, the most cost-effective improvements to make include upgrading your reception area, signage, lighting, and technology.
To get the best results from your clinic remodel, consult a professional medical office designer. Arminco Incorporated has over 25 years of experience designing medical offices. Contact us today to learn more about our services.
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