Healthy, Humane, and Hygienic Animal Care Facilities

August 25, 2016
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


Healthcare for humans is relatively simple in comparison to treating the biodiverse animal population that enriches our lives. Diagnosing, treating, and healing animals, from a pet bird to a bull elephant, are more complex in terms of space, staffing, and specialized technologies needed. Companion animals (pets), horses, livestock, birds, and other species need humane handling and hygienic, durable spaces. In addition, animal care facilities require energy-smart, sustainable building systems to provide visual, thermal, and kinesthetic comfort for patients, clinicians, keepers, and clients to be served and protected from facility-acquired and zoonotic diseases.

In addition, a service veterinary hospital is quite different than a veterinary teaching hospital, from emerging digital imaging modalities, intraoperative surgery, recovery, and rehabilitation for outpatient and inpatient care. Evidence-based research by pioneering practitioners has advocated, and we have tested their ideas in achieving best practices, promoting new volunteered space standards and benchmarked trends versus fads in this specialized field.

After viewing this presentation, attendees will:

  • Understand animal welfare minimums ("The Five Freedoms").
  • Understand best practices, trends, and sustainable designs affecting varied animal populations.
  • Understand volunteered space standards for catteries and kennels.
  • Gain an understanding of what cutting-edge intraoperative digital imaging modalities, surgical technologies, and evidence-based models for humane and safe handling for equine and large farm animals, as well as threatened and endangered wildlife species.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biography

Peter W. T. Wong, RA/CSI/GRHC/ILFI/SCUP, is a senior principal, architect, and veterinary facilities planner for ED2 International, Architects and Planners. Mr. Wong has consulted with 22 of 29 Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and 35 of 61 U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Animal Health Laboratory Network accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the United States. He has assessed, advised, arranged, and achieved state-of-the-art veterinary care facilities throughout the United States, Canada, China, Europe, Japan, and Middle East. As an educator, he has served as lecturer and design critic for the University of California Berkeley College of Environmental Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and at California Polytechnic State University.


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