Veterinary hospitals are rarely designed in Portugal, so the owner of Hospital Veterinário do Porto (Veterinary Hospital of Porto) came to the United States to find an architect who could transform his goals into cutting-edge reality. rfa was retained as a consultant on the design of this facility, Portugal's first state-of-the-art veterinary hospital. The Architect of Record was Ulrik Fabricius, a Danish architect working in Porto, Portugal. The building occupies the entire site. The front of the building faces a busy urban street. A large, colorful exterior mural, painted on the wall alongside the front entrance, helps to identify the hospital and catch the attention of passersby. The hospital is divided into three functional zones: an outpatient zone, an inpatient zone, and a staff zone. The outpatient zone consists of the reception/waiting area and the exam/consultation rooms. The inpatient zone contains the treatment, surgical, and boarding areas. The staff zone includes the doctors' offices, conference room, and staff lounge on an upper level at the rear of the hospital.