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Welcome to Veterinary & Animal Sciences at UMass Amherst where we prepare students to become contributing members and leaders in the fields of veterinary and human health, animal biotechnology, and production agriculture.

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Our undergraduate curriculum is designed to develop scientific awareness of cell and molecular biology, critical and ethical thinking, and skills in laboratory and animal management and communication. Our graduate curriculum and research programs help talented and focused students achieve creative excellence, technical mastery, intellectual independence, and recognition within the field of molecular and cellular biology as it is applied to immunology, infectious disease, developmental biology, reproductive biology, and toxicology. Our research mission is to understand the basic processes that regulate animal and human health, fertility and productivity, and to apply this knowledge to benefit companion and food animals as well as people.

Information Session & Tours of VASCI Facilities
An Information Session and Facilities Tour will be offered at 11:15 am on Tuesday, June 19. Information Sessions and Facilities Tours are also scheduled for 1:25pm on Friday, October 5, November 2, December 7. The Information Session and FacilitiesTour last approximately two hours and will include our laboratory facilities and the Hadley Farm Equine and Livestock Research and Education Center.  Registration is required as seating is limited, please contact us at VASCI [at] umass [dot] edu or 413-545-0666 to register to participate.

Campus tours are available through the Undergraduate Admissions office.
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Students interested in transferring to the Animal Science or Pre-veterinary Science major should carefully read Changing Your Major to Animal Science or Pre-Veterinary Science

To learn more about the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department’s Undergraduate program, please access our Frequently Asked Questions.

Veterinary and Animal Sciences Snapshot/Department at a Glance

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst


News & Announcements

New England Dressage UMass Breed Shows I and II

UMass Equine Instructors, Cassandra Uricchio, PhD and Jillianne Smith will be hosting the New England Dressage UMass Breed Shows I and II, Shows # 337616 and 337617 on Saturday, July 21, 2018 and Sunday, July 22, 2018.   Read more »

UMass Horses for Sale

UMass has several horses available to be purchased and adopted.   Read more »

UMass Students Train Service Dogs

Service dogs in training are a common sight on campus, found in the library, in lecture halls, and even on PVTA buses, thanks to a partnership with Diggity Dogs Service Dogs Inc. Diggity Dogs is a psychiatric and medical service-dog training organization based in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.   Read more »

VASCI introduces Equine Science Concentration

The Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department’s Animal Science Major BS degree now offers an Equine Science concentration that is based on knowledge of basic scientific concepts applied to the equine species and combined with hands-on stable management experience.   Read more »

Early Acceptance to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University has offered early acceptance to four Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department sophomore students: Maura Haley, Morgane Golan, Abbie Cashel, and Eddie Wong.   Read more »

Mitchell Manning Awarded Campus Climate Improvement Grant

Veterinary and Animal Sciences student, Mitchell Manning ‘18 was awarded a Campus Climate Improvement Grant to host a First-Generation Mixer. The First-Generation Mixer seeks to unite students, faculty and staff around the first-generation college experience. This event will feature partnerships from across campus and celebrate what it means to be “first-gen.”   Read more »