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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.

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 at a Glance

quadruplet lambs born 9/3/14

Tours of VASCI facilities
Tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. on the first Friday of the following months: February, March, October, November and December.  Tours last approximately two hours and will include our laboratory facilities and the Hadley Farm Equine and Livestock Research and Education Center.  Please contact John Balise to register to participate in one of the tours of VASCI facilities.

The UMass Admissions Office will hold Spring Open Houses in February, March and April.

April Visit Days for Admitted Students 
Congratulations on your admission to UMass Amherst!
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions invites you and your family to attend one of our April Visit Days for Admitted First-Year Students to learn more about the University and all we have to offer. There are a variety of ways to visit campus. Please click here to read about the options and register for an event. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!

Campus tours are also available through the Undergraduate Admissions office.


News & Announcements

23 students50th Annual A.I. Class

Twenty-three VASCI students travelled to the Cargill Meat Solutions Processing Plant in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania from March 17 through 19 and earned Cattle Artificial Insemination Certification from Select Sire Power.   Read more »

Katie Wilson & sheepKatie Wilson selected for William F. Field Alumni Scholarship

Katie Wilson, Pre-veterinary Science ‘16 was selected as the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department recipient of the William F. Field Alumni Scholarship.   Read more »

Matthew Poe '17 6th Place in Review Paper PresentationCongratulations to the 2015 NESA Team!

Thanks to the efforts of the seventeen students who participated, UMass placed as the second Overall Institution at the annual NESA competition held at Pennsylvania State University!       Read more »

Sandra Marie RoySandra M. Roy receives Eugene M. Isenberg Award

Sandra M. Roy,  Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. candidate is one of ten UMass Amherst doctoral students selected to receive the Eugene M. Isenberg Award in recognition of their demonstrated academic merit and commitment to integrating science with management.   Read more »

Grace Makari Judson, Baystate Health Systems, and Professor Joe JerryResearchers uncover the biological mechanisms that impact the treatment and prevention of breast cancer

Epidemiologist Susan Hankinson, veterinary and animal scientist Joseph Jerry and chemical engineer Shelly Peyton are using their research to help practitioners identify and treat preventatviely women at a higher risk for breast cancer and stop the cancer’s spread to vital organs. The breast cancer patient registry that Jerry and his colleagues at the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute (PVLSI) and Baystate Medical Center have generated contributes high-value patient information to many who are researching the disease.       Read more »

Nuno Carreiro, DVMNuno Carreiro, DVM accepts new position at Becker College

Becker College has hired Dr. Nuno Carreiro, (UMass MS 2002, BS 2001) as an assistant professor and staff veterinarian of the Lenfest Animal Health Center located on the College’s Leicester Campus. In this position, Dr. Carreiro will serve in an instructional role teaching courses and lab sessions, in addition to working in the Health Center twice a week as the staff veterinarian.   Read more »