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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.

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 October 7, 2016 Information Session and Tour is full and no longer available. 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.

The Undergraduate Admissions office Fall Open House will be Sunday, October 16.  For more information and to register click here. The Fall Open House will include a tour of the UMass Hadley Farm and Information Sessions about the Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Science majors as well as campus tours, and information sessions regarding the Honors College, Financial Aid, Housing and the Application Process.

 

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

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 »

Graduate Seminar Series Fall 2016

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Fall 2016 Seminar Series will be held in the Integrated Sciences Building room 221 starting at 4:00 pm.   Read more »

VASCI Career Prep Workshops

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences will be hosting four Career Prep Workshops designed specifically for Animal Science and Pre-Vet majors. These workshops will be facilitated by Tommie Joyner from Career Services and VASCI’s Career and Internship Advisor, Dr. Sue Marston.   Read more »

A Tyrosine Kinase for FERTilization

Recent research findings from the Visconti Lab, at the UMASS-Amherst Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, were featured in the July 1, 2016 issue of Development, a highly regarded scientific journal for advances in developmental biology and stem cells: “The tyrosine kinase FER is responsible for the capacitation-associated increase in tyrosine phosphorylation in murine sperm”.   Read more »

UMass Belted Galloway herd welcomes the first calf of 2016

Dallas,a lively and friendly bull calf was delivered at 10pm on June 14th by Dr. Beltaire, Olivia Smith, VASCI class of 2017 and Brooke Alnwick, VASCI class of 2016.   Read more »