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Cooler practices make for hotter profits

Working in a veterinary practice in hot weather can be unpleasant and a hot environment can also be challenging for patients. Veterinary building specialist ACD Projects has seen the problem affect many types of practices – both those that have not been modernised in the last 15- 20 years and those built more recently on a tight budget. Not only can patient welfare be compromised but the comfort of clients and staff can be affected – all of which can have an impact on profit.

The simplest solution to cooling a hot building is usually to open windows but that’s not an option in most practices - not only because of the risk of animal escape but also due to security, noise and contamination concerns. Both cooling and sometimes even ventilation may be inadequate as a result.

There are some cost effective solutions for those who are considering renovating or planning a new build, says Alex Darvill, MD of ACD Projects. Supplementary cooling can be hard to supply on a budget since although simple portable units are often relatively cheap to obtain, as well as issues around space, it’s easy to forget the impact of running costs, “It’s almost like having a heater on during the summer and you would always think twice about leaving a heater on when it is not really needed.”

While a cooling system can be installed in one corner of a room and then extracted in another, this process simply expels the hot air. A heat recovery device can be fitted within a system and could actually recover up to 80 per cent of any cooling or heating energy. Underfloor heating represents another opportunity and if the correct equipment is installed can actually cool the floor as well as heat it. However, this can only be done on major refits or new builds.

Venting up to 8 air changes per hour of heated or cooled air is costly and Alex believes vets have an opportunity to make significant savings as well as to improve staff, patient and client comfort, “One option is a central unit that distributes cooling throughout the building. Sometimes space does not allow this but it should at least be considered, especially as the differing needs within the building can be quite complex.”

Consulting rooms, prep rooms, radiography, theatres and animal holding and recovery areas or wards may all benefit from different air flows, all pre-defined in best practice guidelines. There may be potential to cool some areas and drag the air through into other rooms (considering cross-contamination and odours) and to ventilate from the second room.

“Simply moving air does not cool the temperature in a room. It is a misconception that when people feel air is blowing past that they are being cooled, but this is not necessarily the case,” points out Alex. Warm air entering the practice from outside may be heated up still further by body heat, computers and veterinary equipment, which may result in significantly higher temperatures within the building.

Planning concerns and worries over upheaval often mean that practices put off making the changes they need but being able to enjoy the benefits of fresh, clean air and controlling temperatures in a cost effective manner are clear advantages and make practices more pleasant places to work, as well as ensuring the safety of patients.

Alex says that rather than take precipitous action during the next heat wave, practices need to be able to discuss their options and receive reliable advice, “Here at ACD Projects we’ve been involved in the planning, building and renovation of numerous veterinary practices and animal shelters – from small one or two man practices all the way up to university and referral facilities, including the new Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue Centre in Guildford. We bring that experience to every practice; we’ve seen what works, know what can be done on a budget and what is worth spending on now to save money longer term and as a result improve profits.”

To discuss planning, renovating or trouble-shooting any building or design issue in your practice contact ACD Projects on telephone 01638 560343 or by email, or visit

Press contact: Susan McKay BVM&S, MRCVS, MBA, Companion Consultancy Ltd, Tel 07887515870 Email

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Recruitment - Senior Architectural Technician

Due to expansion, we are seeking a Senior Architectural Technician to join our team. This is a full-time permanent position.

Ideally, you will have excellent CAD standards and team management, and knowledge of: 

  • 3D software;
  • Building practices and construction methods;
  • Dealing with local authorities in various areas of the UK;
  • Veterinary/animal welfare facilities 

Salary based upon experience.

Please send your CV and portfolio by email to

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New project in the Channel Islands

Our 'overseas' development continues to thrive with feasibility for a new project in the Channel Islands planned for later this year, aiming to provide an amazing new fully equipped veterinary facility.

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Coming soon .... New veterinary hospital

We are undertaking a very complex and expansive veterinary practice in the south of England. When this facility has been approved for announcement, we can confirm that this will have the most state-of-the-art veterinary theatre certainly in Europe, if not the World.

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Win a Kindle at this year's BSAVA Congress



Win a Kindle!

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It's free and easy to enter!

Simply complete our short questionnaire and leave your contact details for your chance to win a new Kindle E-Reader. 

We have two to give away!!

We look forward to seeing you at our stand 917


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BSAVA Congress 2017 - Stand 917

BSAVA 2017

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Coming Soon...............Henlow Vets

ACD are pleased to announce their appointment by Henlow Vets for the Detailed design and planning of the construction of their new establishment in Bedfordshire.

Starting January 2017 with an estimated construction phase of 12 weeks until handover,  the refurbishment of the retail unit is now underway.

 Best wishes to Henlow Vets! 

Henlow Vets


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Season's Greetings

The Team at ACD would like to wish all our clients, friends and supporters warm wishes for a

Merry Christmas and a very Prosperous New Year!

ACD Seasons Greetings

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Day 2 London Vet Show

Come and meet today's team at the London Vet Show. From left to right: Janet, Alex, Alex and James. 

We look forward to meeting you on Stand E01.

Day 2 LVS The Team


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Day 1 London Vet Show

It was great to see so many clients, old and new yesterday. Thank you for visiting our stand!

Day 1 LVS 2016 team

Day 1 LVS 2016 stand


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London Vet Show 2016

This is our stand at the London Vet Show.

We look forward to meeting you all. 

Stand E01

LVS 2016 stand

LVS 2016 stand and alex

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ACD exhibits at London Vet Show 2016

Visit our Stand E01


We're specialists in bespoke veterinary design. No project is too big or too small, as we manage and design construction projects at all levels and budgets. Come and see us to book your free half day consultation anywhere in the UK. 

New for 2016 - follow us on Twitter @acdprojectsltd  

We look forward to seeing you there!


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Planning a Practice Refurbishment

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Planning a practice extension or conversion?

With ACD Projects you are in safe hands - we've designed and project managed hundreds of veterinary practices, animal welfare facilities and hospitals. As well as working on new builds we also refurbish existing practices and trouble-shoot problematic projects. 

As we're specialists we know what works, how you need your practice to flow and even how to build causing minimum disruption to your practice and your patients. With 35 years of experience in veterinary and animal welfare, our understanding of your needs is second to none. 

Why not give us a try?

We offer a free, no obligation half day consultation to any UK practice to help you refine your ideas - just contact us to arrange a visit. 


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Crown Vet - Mumbai, India

ACD were appointed to provide specialist veterinary architectural services and consultancy. This spacious facility is running well and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Below are some images of this impressive conversion.

CV Reception  

CV Waiting Area

CV Consulting Room 

 CV Prep Room

          CV Theatre         

          CV Cat and Dog Ward

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France Vet 2016 - Paris - 3rd and 4th June

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ACD are visiting Paris this year to make their first attendance at this veterinary conference.

 Please come and visit us on stand D82

 We look forward to seeing you there!

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ADCH Conference - 20th and 21st April 2016

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Hilton Birmingham Metropole - on the NEC complex.

ACD are exhibiting again this year. Please come and see us on stand 8B

We look forward to seeing you there!

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BSAVA Congress 2016 - 7-10 April - ICC and Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

ACD are pleased to announce they will exhibiting again at this year's BSAVA Congress.

Come and meet our team on Stand 419.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Blue Cross Suffolk Rehoming Centre Now Open

ACD are pleased to advise that the Blue Cross Rehoming Centre in Ipswich has been handed over and is now working well. The handover took place Christmas 2015 and things were difficult, but we held a closing meeting on Tuesday, 16th February 2016 where everyone was pleased with the end result.

The Centre Manager is delighted to have a spacious, easy clean facility with a new cattery, kennel and veterinary facility with lots of external runs, walks etc. following his recent move from the rather restrained Felixstowe site. So far all good comments have been received from the Blue Cross and their visitors.

BX Suffolk building

BX Suffolk 16

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Happy New Year!

Wishing all our clients and supporters a very Happy and Prosperous 2016!

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Season's Greetings

     Merry Christmas from the team at ACD!

Christmas Wishes 2015

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London Vet Show 2014

ACD Projects is exhibiting at the London Vet Show

Olympia Grand - 20th & 21st November 2014

Please come and visit us on Stand G86!

We have new photographic material to view, including veterinary hospitals and cancer centres.

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Promoting Free Initial Consultation

Please see our Services page titled 'Initial Free Consultation' for further details of this promotion. 

ACD would be delighted to be of service to you!

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A warm welcome to our newest member of staff

We are delighted to welcome Robin Means to our team!

Robin joined our architectural team at the beginning of March 2014. As an experienced Architectural Technician, he brings with him his technical ability and practical approach to design, along with good interpersonal and communication skills. Robin is looking forward to meeting our clients in due course.

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ACD Projects at BSAVA Congress 2014

ACD Projects at BSAVA Congress 2014

Come and see us on Stand 903!

                   3rd – 6th April 2014, Birmingham

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