Rose-Rich Veterinary Clinic celebrated its 45th
Anniversary by breaking ground on a new facility on
June 4, 2009. The clinic was fortunate to be able to
build immediately behind the existing building,
remaining at the same prominent location that it has
occupied since 1970. Our landmark animal hospital
opened with a series of events in May 2010.
The new 10,000 square foot hospital structure has
been designed by award-winning veterinary architect
Ralph A. Thibodeau, AIA of Spicewood, Texas. The
limestone and stucco exterior is capped by a green
metal roof and accentuated by an octagonal tower
dominating the building’s front façade.
This new facility will triple the area used by the
clinic for patient exams, treatment, surgery, ICU
care, dental procedures, grooming and boarding.
Thibodeau’s designs have been awarded the
prestigious “Hospital of the Year” designations in
1992 and 2007. Rosenberger Construction of Sugar
Land served as General Contractor on the project,
with financing provided by Amegy Bank.
Dr. Moore and her husband, historian Michael Moore,
gathered design ideas for the exterior of the
building from 19th century Texas regional
architecture. Hill-country architect Ralph Thibodeau
added additional elements to their vision and drew
the construction plans. The outside style and
materials flow into the waiting room, providing the
warm park-like feel for clients and their pets.
Talavera tile, palm trees and a central fountain in
the lobby enhance the courtyard theme.
Custom-designed cat condos occupy a bay window in
the lobby, often with kittens available for
Crowning the two-story courtyard is a hand-painted
sky mural by Richmond artist Robin Schwenke.
Seven exam rooms open up from the courtyard, and
provide a transition from the decorative part of the
building to state-of-the-art medical areas.
The treatment room includes three treatment tables
and adjacent areas for lab tests and medical record
A smaller room adjoining the main treatment room is
used for dental cleanings and other dentistry
Separate areas are provided for an Intensive Care
Unit (shown above), and an isolation ward for
contagious animals to keep them separated from
boarders and other hospitalized patients.
The well-equipped surgery suite has separate areas
for induction and pack preparation.
Digital diagnostic imaging equipment—including
radiography (x-ray) and ultrasound—integrates with
the building’s data network to allow x-ray images to
be displayed on touch-screen monitors in each exam
room and throughout the clinic.
Another distinctive component of the new facility is
the boarding and grooming areas. Highlighting the
boarding areas are 8 luxury suites for dogs, each
with a different theme, including the Jungle Room,
Under the Sea, Sports Mania, the Royal Suite and a
Day at the Beach. Full-length exterior windows,
custom beds, cable TV, and pet-cams for owners to
check in on their pet from the Internet combine with
personalized care to makes these distinctive
boarding facilities for your pets. Like the lobby
ceiling, Richmond’s Robin Schwenke hand painted each
of these themed rooms and the adjoining indoor
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Jungle Room Luxury Suite (left) and Indoor Playroom,
both painted by Robin Schwenke.