Animal health is fundamental to veterinary medicine, animal daycare, animal sheltering and to our work at Animal Arts. Everyday and with everything we design we strive to create environments that promote animal wellness for all types of animals.
Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters are inherently stressful environments for animals. At Animal Arts we design buildings and animal habitats that work to reduce this stress. Some of the strategies that we employ include reducing overall noise levels, providing defensible spaces for dogs, and designing housing for cats that reduces handling for cleaning purposes.
Animals, just like people, are social creatures. In designing animal care facilities it is important to create places where animals and people can meet, interact, cuddle and play. Animals also need to be stimulated, so we design spaces that allow them to see out, to see and communicate with other animals, and to do animal-type “work”.
First do no harm. Animal safety means building facilities where the risk of harm or injury to animals and people is reduced to the absolute minimum. On the most basic level this means using only the best designed enclosures, but equally important is eliminating dangerous interactions and potential confrontations between animals, and animals and people.
Critical to the operation of every animal care facility is the basic requirement that you eliminate disease and minimize cross-contamination. Our experience and recent research has shown that the fundamental strategies involved in disease control are directing air flow and recirculation, providing durable, cleanable materials, designing building systems that support regular and effective cleaning protocols, and minimizing animal handling.
These disease control measures are an ironclad requirement in every one of the facilities that we design.