The reception, waiting rooms and corridors of a veterinary clinic see a large number of animal species, from cats to mice and iguanas. This diversity allows each new entry into the practice to create a probable confrontation between the most aggressive animals and increases stress before the most frightened animals are examined.
These behaviours are self-maintaining and induced by the highly developed sense of smell of the animals. This ever-aware sense is all the more sensitive to alarm pheromones released by the animal’s state of panic. This defensive cognitive function signals the presence of a predator to other members of a species with a clear olfactory message. The instinct and behaviour of the animal are directly affected by this vicious circle, which is difficult for the staff of the veterinary structure to control.
Additional emotional vectors such as the previous journey and the pain the animal may feel, if the purpose of the visit is not a routine examination, also lead to incidents in the common areas of the offices such as repeated droppings, regurgitation or urine jets.
To avoid the consequences of its constraints and limit them as much as possible, it is advisable to opt for non-porous joinery and interior frames that are easily washable and resistant to strong and corrosive disinfectants.
Acrovyn® wall panels have been developed for environments where hygiene is a requirement. The material prevents the growth of bacteria and is very easy to wash. Tinted in the mass and waterproof, Acrovyn® plates can withstand steam cleaning and daily washing cycles required in the medical environment.
During hospitalizations and surgical procedures, the operating room but also the preparation and convalescence environments of the animals must be protected as much as possible against the risks of nosocomial and post-operative infections. Choosing materials that are non-porous and disinfectant is essential.
The smooth and inert surface of stainless steel wall coverings prevents, for example, the growth of bacteria and mould. Even more effective, Acrovyn® Bactericide wall protection panels have the ability to kill bacteria by simple contact. This unique wall covering ensures that the spaces are protected from bacteria, viruses or germs that cause infections. Their implementation side by side using silicone gaskets reinforces the microbial barrier.
In addition to the health requirements of a medical profession, maintaining clean and impeccable premises in the eyes of the owners also determines the image of the firm and contributes to their confidence in it. It is even a master’s main evaluation indicator to assess at a glance the quality of the firm and the rigour applied within the institution.
However, the walls of the common areas of a veterinary clinic (corridors, waiting rooms, kennels, etc.) are subjected to severe tests. Under the influence of panic and fear, animals can struggle and leashes can hit the walls. And this must also take into account the fact that many transport crates, which are more or less bulky, use the same passage and cause visible wall damage when they collide with the walls. These more or less intense frictions elite the plaster and wall paint on the surface at the height of the passage. The aesthetics and image of the firm are immediately and irreparably damaged. If, when designing the cabinet, wall protections such as bumpers on non-porous wall coverings are used, the risk of wall damage is eliminated.
Although the perception of colours in animals is different from ours, some colours affect animal behaviour in the same way as in humans. Each colour spectrum, visible or not, contains an electromagnetic wave that is perceived and transcribed by the eyes and brain. Dogs and cats can’t distinguish red. However, this shade enhances the aggressiveness of cats. They are more sensitive to colours such as blue and yellow. According to animal behaviourist Marie-Hélène Bonnet, yellow stimulates the appetite of older animals and blues or purples tend to soothe and calm animals.
It is essential to consider that the daily working environment of health workers and veterinarians. It is a demanding job in terms of emotional aspect and decoration and the colours chosen also contribute to the development and quality of life at work of all the establishment’s staff.
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