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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
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.
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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.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst

 

News & Announcements

Maria Gracia Gervasi, Ph.D. Selected to Chair the 2017 Gordon Research Seminar on Fertilization and Activation of Development

The Gordon Research Seminar on Fertilization and Activation of Development offers a unique opportunity for graduate students, post-docs and early-career researchers, to share their original work through platform talks and poster presentations. In addtion to chairing this event, Dr. Gervasi’s research poster was selected for an oral presentation.   Read more »

Leonid Pobezinsky awarded a $3.75 million grant

Leonid Pobezinsky, Ph.D. has been awarded a $3.75 million grant from Nonpareil miRNA Accelerator LLC.     Read more »

Another New Beltie Heifer!

Q: What do VASCI students do on a Saturday night? A: Deliver babies! Students assisted UMass veterinarian, Katie Beltaire with the delivery of a large heifer calf during the night of July 22. This was our oldest cow’s (Dori’s) eighth calving. We’re especially excited because this is Dori’s first heifer calf. The students named the calf UMass Darla.   Read more »

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 2017 Scholarship Awards

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is pleased to announce the 2017 Scholarship Awards.   Read more »

Beltie Mother and Daughter give birth on the same day!

On June 20 Satin, our 11 year-old beltie, delivered a 55 pound heifer calf. Thirty minutes before her mom delivered, Satin’s 4 year-old daughter, Sadie, delivered a heifer calf. Both cows and calves are doing well.   Read more »

Study: Wildlife managers should prioritize preventing brucellosis transmission from elk

The NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES,ENGINEERING, AND MEDICINE 209-page report lays out various options to control brucellosis in cattle, bison and elk in Greater Yellowstone Area.   Read more »