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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.

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Information Sessions & Tours of VASCI Facilities
VASCI Information Sessions and Facilities Tours are scheduled for Monday, August 20 at 1:00 pm and 1:25 pm on Friday, October 5, November 2, December 7. The Information Session and Facilities Tour 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

Ten Entomologists Named Fellows of the Entomological Society of America

The Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has elected John Clark, PhD as one of the ten new Fellows of the Society for 2018. Election as a Fellow of ESA acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in research, teaching, extension and outreach, administration, or the military.   Read more »

Students Present Research Findings at the William Lee Science Impact Program Poster Session

CNS undergraduate students, Morgane Golan, Pre-vet ’20; Steve Peguero, Animal Science ’19; and Taylor Guertin, Biochemistry ’19 presented research findings at the William Lee Science Impact Program poster presentation on Friday, August 3rd.   Read more »

VASCI hosts Pre-Veterinary Medicine Summer Pre-College class for high school students.

In July, the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences offered its second Pre-Veterinary Medicine Summer Pre-College class for 18 high school students.   Read more »

Internship Evaluating Animal Nutrition of Dairy Cattle in the Eifel region of Germany

VASCI student, Breannarose Lamb ‘20 is participating in an internship evaluating Animal Nutrition of Dairy Cattle in the Eifel region of Germany this summer.   Read more »

VASCI thanks Mullins Crew

Many thanks to Kim Graham and her crew from the Mullins Center for providing community service by weeding and mulching the gardens at the Hadley Farm.   Read more »

Mass Sheep and Woolcraft Fair

UMass Hadley Farm Livestock Barn Manager, Alice Newth provides outreach for UMass and participates in the local agriculture scene by assisting with the annual Mass Sheep and Woolcraft Fair held at the Cummington Fairgrounds over Memorial Day weekend.   Read more »