The 2018 Specialty Veterinary Hospital of the Year is … Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado!

Judges in the dvm360 Hospital Design Competition applauded the 37,819-square-foot facility for its stylish and efficient approach to general practice, 24/7 emergency care and specialty medicine.

“We set our bar pretty high,” says co-owner Dr. Donald Ostwald about the redesign. “The expectation was that it would look better than a human hospital.”

This year’s judges appreciated the effort, says dvm360 Business Channel Director Brendan Howard, who helps organize the competition with associate content specialist Katie James. Aspiring to the prestige of a human hospital, Wheat Ridge had a brilliant floor plan with attention to after-hours emergency service.

“I watched them wrestle to pick from this year’s stable of 16 hospitals,” said Howard. “But they agreed this one was a stand-out winner.”

While Wheat Ridge stood out, the other entries also proved impressive, Howard said: “There’s always something to love about everything, though. I remember what veterinary practice owner Dr. Ross Clark always said when he judged each year of the competition: He’d be proud to own and practice in every new hospital he saw in the entries.”

The other stand-out was Northpointe Veterinary Hospital, the 2018 General Practice of the Year. Northpointe Veterinary Hospital is located in Yuba City, California, and is owned by Dr. Steven Sanders.

The judges also picked five hospitals as Merit Award winners this year:

> Care Animal Hospital of Pleasant Prairie, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

> Door County Veterinary Hospital, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

> Gold Coast Center for Veterinary Care, Huntington, New York

> Noah’s Westside Animal Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana

> Queenstown Veterinary Hospital, Queenstown, Maryland

Click here to read the full article and view photos of the hospital.

Now that the competition judges have spoken, everyone can cast their vote for any of the 16 entrants for the People’s Choice Award competition at Voting ends March 31.

About the dvm360 Hospital Design Competition

The dvm360 Hospital Design Competition, formerly the Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Competition, has been highlighting the nation’s most innovative, efficient, healthy and inspiring veterinary hospitals for 53 years, most recently in the pages of dvm360, Firstline and Vetted as well as online at Winners of the Hospital of the Year award are invited to speak at the HospitalDesign360 conference in Kansas City in August, hosted by Fetch dvm360 conference, one of three annual U.S. veterinary conferences put on by UBM Animal Care. For more information about the competition, visit For more information about the conference, visit