Located in Guelph, Canada, University of Guelph – Hill’s Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre at the Ontario Veterinary College was designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects. The building design of the companion animal healthcare centre reflects the unique program while re-interpreting the campus vernacular in a modern way. The three main programmatic elements – teaching spaces, animal hospital and endowed care each have their distinct areas yet are connected by a logical directional flow, supported by visual connectivity with separate entrances that allow their individual programs to flow seamlessly throughout. Completing the western edge of the OVC quadrant, the building is sited to maintain the existing mature treescape while the small building footprint allows for sufficient landscaping along with dog outwalks providing physical access to the outdoors.
The building reflects the college’s position as a leader in veterinary teaching and sets a new international standard for companion animal education and healthcare by integrating experiential learning into a clinic setting.