Guelph, Ontario

Large Animal Isolation Unit

The Large Animal Isolation Unit marks a new era for the OVC. The state-of-the-art facility is the first of a handful of building initiatives in this innovative education environment.  The intent is to establish the OVC  as a world-class centre for veterinary medicine.

We worked closely with the University of Guelph and the Ontario Veterinary College. It resulted in a successful, complex design and model in equine patient housing and infection control.

The project began with an extensive site analysis. It confirmed the need to build a new, stand-alone facility.

We built a smart barn, integrally linked with automated systems for the treatment and monitoring of horses. It gives OVC the ability to separate infectious and suspected infectious animals from the main teaching hospital’s client animals. It was especially important for the horses being admitted for medical/surgical evaluations and procedures.

The facility includes twelve (12) isolation stalls, each with their own nursing station. Two are equipped with negative pressure for total isolation. The stalls have dual access through interior and exterior doors.

Additionally, the facility includes a large treatment room with stocks, laboratory and clean-up space; soiled/bio-hazardous facilities; tack and bedding; feed storage; nurses stations; and related support facilities to staff.


Architecture, Interior Design, Mechanical Engineering


Post Secondary, Science & Research

Team Leaders

Joanne McCallum
Michelle Austin

Partners & sub consultants

Watson MacEwen Teramura Architects, Associate Architect
WSP (MMM) - Mechanical, Electrical & Structural
TRP Construction - Contractor


9,000 SQ. FT.