Hughes’ gift enhances student training and animal care

Bev Hughes’ vision for a customized classroom for Western College of Veterinary (WCVM) students has become a reality.

Workers recently completed construction on the new BJ Hughes Centre for Clinical Learning at the veterinary college. This customized classroom was made possible by a major donation from Bev Hughes, who saw a need for the facility when she toured the human medicine-focused Clinical Learning Resource Centre in the University of Saskatchewan’s Health Sciences building.

“It is advanced learning. I think any advanced learning is good. More importantly, it is 21st century learning and 21st century technology. I want our vet college in Saskatoon to be the most progressive in North America,” says Hughes, who along with the BJ Hughes Foundation, contributed $340,000 toward the centre that cost nearly $500,000 to build and equip.

Bev Hughes

Bev Hughes announced a donation of $250,000, in addition to a $340,000 gift to help establish the BJ Hughes Centre for Clinical Learning at the WCVM (submitted photo).

During the official opening of the centre on Sept. 22, Hughes announced an additional $250,000 donation, which will be used to ensure sustainability of the clinical learning centre.

Hughes, who has supported the college for more than 10 years through a scholarship, says her dedication stems from her passion for animals and her love for the WCVM and the work done at the college.

The new classroom will give students a chance to practise clinical techniques and hone their skills in a safe learning environment. The lab’s flexible learning space will offer the college’s faculty the opportunity to teach various levels of simulation – from running through client scenarios with actors to practising surgical techniques on computerized models.

While planning for the centre began more than five years ago, Hughes’ donation moved things forward in the past 18 months.

Read more on Bev Hughes’ special contribution to make the BJ Hughes Centre for Clinical Learning possible.

Written by Jeanette Neufeld