Veterinary Surgical Facilities
Specialized veterinary facilities for treatment of horses or large hoofed stock share many of the same considerations as zoo facilities. The protection of veterinary staff from bodily harm while moving and treating large animals is of great importance, which is where our specialty door hardware performs best. Although these animals are not wild, they can still exhibit dangerous behavior when taken out of their normal environment or when they are sick and stressed.
Security and Safety
Special Hardware for Large Animal Veterinary Centers
Door and gate hardware in the facility must be safe for animals, with no sharp or unfinished edges to harm them and no ability for the animals to forcibly open containment doors. Sliding doors, swinging doors, and a range of specialty hardware can withstand the brute forces of strong creatures to protect veterinarians, staff and patients.
Where Is Specialty Hardware Used?
- Containment and Holding Areas
- Surgical Areas
- Crowding doors and gates
- Barn doors and stalls
Door hardware used in veterinary centers must withstand daily use that includes frequent cleaning for animal hygiene. Corrosion resistant finishes vary from powder coating to stainless steel, and all must withstand routine cleaning.
Ease of Use
Correctly designed swinging door systems for access doors should be easy to manage, requiring little force to move. Heavy-duty hinges with ball or disc bearings should operate smoothly while supporting the heaviest of entry doors—even those that weigh hundreds of pounds. The key is the right selection of hinge and the proper number of hinges sized to the door weight and height.
Box Track Barn and Stable Sliding Door Systems
If horizontal sliding doors are used for access, they should be paired with appropriately sized hangers and box track to hold up to constant, daily use. They should also operate smoothly and move with little physical effort.
For containment of animals with extraordinary strength, Richards-Wilcox has box track systems for sliding barn doors. These are offered in 8 different track systems supporting weights from 200 to 5,000 pounds. Richard-Wilcox also provides the accessories you need for a complete and sturdy system. Door and floor stops, bumper shoes, hinges, latches, pulls, and bolts are stocked in our inventory to maximize door operation and security.
Flat Track Door Hardware for Reception Areas
Flat track sliding door hardware complements traditional and modern veterinary building designs for reception areas. Design Trends in timber frame or rustic construction work especially well with our flat track hardware systems for veterinary client waiting or reception areas. Three styles of hangers are available to give that rustic or modern look. Richards-Wilcox offers eight powder-coated finishes—Black, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Aluminum, Pebble Tan, Cranberry Red, Pure White, Blue Storm, and Clear Coat to match the latest color trends.
Pre-configured Flat Track Kits
Complete kits include track, a pair of hangers, end stops, spacers, and fasteners to accommodate 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-foot openings. Hanger options include traditional, decorative arrowhead, and top mount styles. Available in capacities from 250 to 400 pounds, the kits are offered with either black zinc plated wheels or “quiet” black acetyl wheels.
Veterinary Treatment Centers
Moving frightened animals to examination or surgical rooms in veterinary centers can be challenging and potentially dangerous. Richards-Wilcox veterinary hardware includes crowding door hardware to handle the job with precision, responding smoothly to the vet’s direction to gently move uncooperative patients forward down a corridor to examination rooms. Shown is a complete system of door hangers, track, and cane bolts for crowding gates.