Design Awards 2021 - the Competition


Are you proud of your newly built or refurbished practice? 

Whether your project is large or small you should enter the Design Awards 2021 and show how everyone why your practice’s design stands out.

The Design Awards

Dedicated to promoting excellence in veterinary practice and design, the BVHA's biennial Design Awards competition has proved popular and successful over the years, attracting many innovative entries. It is amazing to see how practice design and standards have evolved and improved over the years.

We do appreciate that the Covid pandemic has had a major impact on the working patterns in veterinary practices. As a result the BVHA has decided to extend the deadline for entries to the Design Awards 2021.  To celebrate the winner and runners-up the Prizegiving Gala will be a really special event and will be held in early 2022. Further information to follow.

The Design Awards 2021 opens on September 15, 2021 with closing date for entries on October 15, 2021 so you might like to start thinking about your entry now.

The categories for the Design Awards 2021 competition are:

1. New-build premises

 2. Conversions of premises previously used for other purposes

3. Refurbishment of existing practice premises

Certificates and prizes are awarded to the winner in each category. The overall winner receives a special prize and there are President’s Awards for outstanding design features, sustainability, and outstanding working environment.

Entries must include a floor plan, sent by post, and good quality photos (up to 20) submitted by email, prints or memory stick along with a completed application form.  An account, of not more than 500 words, about the project emphasising special features, satisfaction or otherwise with the end-result and an indication of the cost of the project is to be included with the submission.

The closing date for entries will be October 15, 2021. The judging will commence early in late 2021 with an assessment of the submitted material and a shortlist compiled. The practices which have been shortlisted will be visited by members of the judging panel in early 2022 who will decide on the winners in each category.  The prize-winners will be notified by post and the results will be published. The judges decisions are final.

Representatives from the winning practices will be invited to the award ceremony to be held in the spring of 2022. Entry to the competition includes two tickets to the Prize Giving Luncheon.

To enter the competition, you will need to submit the following information completed on the entry form for the Design Awards 2021 below.

  • Your practice details.
  • The number of staff employed and their roles in the practice.
  • The areas of veterinary practice in which you are involved, i.e. equine, small animal, referral.
  • A report about your project emphasising its outstanding design and innovative features.
  • No more than 20 photographs showing the practice both before and after the project.
  • A full-size floor plan of the premises, preferably the architect's drawings.
  • A second copy of the floor plans with work flows indicated.
  • An indication of the various costs incurred.

Try to avoid errors in your entry

Putting together an entry can take time, use your time efficiently and avoid making mistakes that can hurt your entry, like missing information or photos. A list of the top entry mistakes in pdf format for printing can be found below.  

What happens next?

After we receive your entry, our panel of veterinary hospital design experts will gather and examine this year’s entries. A shortlist of finalists will be drawn up for the judges to visit (Covid permitting). Based on this information the winners and runners up in each category will be selected.

Is there anything in it for me?

After the judges have chosen their winners, they be in touch with all of the entrants. In addition to the prizes in each category, the winners will be offered publicity about their project with the BVHA and possibly other veterinary magazine publications. You will also receive a commemorative plaque to place in your reception area, something sure to attract admiration from your clients. The prizes will be awarded (Covid permitting) at the Prize Giving Gala in early 2022 - the date and venue are yet to be confirmed.

The deadline

Entries must be submitted no later than October 15, 2021 so it is time to start planning and organisation your entry now.

Need further information?

Please contact the BVHA on Design Awards 2021 Official Entry Form
This needs to be completed and submitted with your entry. The Design Awards 2021
Information about how and when to enter the Design Awards 2021 competition Common errors to avoid when entering the Design Awards
Tips on how to make sure your entry is presented in the best light. Design Awards 2021 Practice Poster
A poster to print and put up in your practice.