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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.

Beltie students win award

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.

Veterinary & Animal Sciences Department 2015-2016 Snapshot/Department at a Glance

Information Session & Tours of VASCI Facilities
Information Sessions and Tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. on the first Friday of the following months: February, March, October, November and December. The Information Session and Tour last approximately two hours and will include our laboratory facilities and the Hadley Farm Equine and Livestock Research and Education Center.  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.

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.

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News & Announcements

Belted Galloway Management class honored with Richard C. Anderson Memorial Award

The Belted Galloway Management class was tremendously honored to receive the Richard C. Anderson Memorial Award at the Big E in West Springfield this fall! The award recognizes dedication to the Belted Galloway breed of beef cattle.   Read more »

American Association of Immunologists' Young Investigator Award

Ph.D. candidate Alexandria Wells of the Pobezinsky lab was awarded with the American Association of Immunologists’ Young Investigator Award.   Read more »

Service Dogs Fostered and Trained by UMass Students

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences has partnered with Diggity Dogs Service Dogs of Shelburne Falls to offer students the opportunity to foster and train service dogs.    Read more »

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT - Extension Assistant/Associate Professor

The Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (http://www.umass.edu/ials/) invites applications from Ph.D.-level scientists to fill this position. Seeking candidates who have experience in developing animal models of diseases that complement IALS strengths in cancer biology, immunology, neurodevelopment and degeneration, reproduction, developmental biology and cellular dynamics.   Read more »

Hong Fellowship 2016 Recipient

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Animal Biotechnology  and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is pleased to announce that Felipe Navarrete has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Frances and Chou-Chu Hong, DVM, PhD Graduate Fellowship in Veterinary and Animal Sciences.   Read more »

Snoeyenbos Award 2016 Recipient

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is pleased to announce that Sandra Roy has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Snoeyenbos Award for Excellence in Graduate Research.   Read more »