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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 1:25pm on Friday, April 20, 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

VASCI Students certified in Artificial Insemination

Twenty students traveled to Select Sires in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania during the 2018 Spring Break to be learn the technique and become certified in Artificial Insemination for cattle.   Read more »

BellevueDavid Oshinsky to Present "Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital"

David Oshinsky to Pres ent “Bellevue: ThreeCenturies of Medicine and Mayhem at America’sMost Storied Hospital” Tuesday, April , 24, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm, CHC Events Hall, free and open to the public      Read more »

Science Day will be held Wednesday, May 2

VASCI undergraduates will present their research on Science Day. The day will include short oral presentations from students in the morning, followed by poster presentations by undergraduate students conducting independent studies projects with Departmental Faculty members in the afternoon. All VASCI students are welcome to attend.   Read more »

Annual Bay State Livestock Classic - Fun for the Whole Family!

The annual Bay State Livestock Classic will be held at the Hadley Farm on Saturday, April 14 - 9am - 4pm.   Read more »

Getting Your Genetics Right: Converting Performance Records into Relevant Decision-Making Tools

The National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) Workshops are being conducted May 2-9, 2018 in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT.      Read more »

Dr.s Minter & Thayumanavan Focus on Drug Delivery System for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Two Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS) researchers, organic and polymer chemist Thai Thayumanavan and professor of animal science Lisa Minter, have partnered with Anika Therapeutics Inc. of Bedford to co-develop a new product for treating the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis.   Read more »