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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 us at VASCI [at] umass [dot] edu or 413-545-0666 to register to participate in one of the tours of VASCI facilities.

Campus tours are available through the Undergraduate Admissions office.

The Admissions Department’s Fall Open House for Prospective Students and their families will take place on Sunday, October 18, 2015.


News & Announcements

Jesse Mager, Ph.D.Jesse Mager awarded an NIH grant to conduct experiments in a subgroup of knockout mice

Jesse Mager, Ph.D., developmental biologist  has been awarded a five-year, $3.29 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a key series of experiments in a subgroup of knockout mice.   Read more »

Sandra Petersen receives grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Sandra Petersen, Ph.D. and her research team will initially study whether CUGBP2 dysregulation by neonatal estrogen or dioxin exposure during development in mice is responsible for infertility or subfertility observed in adulthood.   Read more »

Early Acceptance to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is very pleased to announce that Jennifer Saja, Tyler Hazzard, and Abby Illingsworth have been selected for Early Acceptance to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.   Read more »

Sandra Petersen, Ph.D.Award-Winning Mentor to Lead New Minority Faculty Support Project

Sandra Petersen, recently honored at the White House for mentoring minority graduate students in the sciences, has received an NIH grant to lead a pilot mentoring network for minority faculty women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at 15 Northeast institutions plus the Five Colleges.   Read more »

Willow's Silver Dun Calf born July 25, 2015First Silver Dun Belted Galloway Calf at UMass

On Saturday, July 25th, the UMass cow Otokahe Willow delivered the first silver dun Belted Galloway calf at the University of Massachusetts.   Read more »

Sandy Petersen, center, with John Holdren, assistant to the president for sciencPresident Obama Honors Sandra Petersen for Mentoring

In a White House ceremony on June 17, President Barack Obama saluted professor Sandra Petersen, with 14 others and one organization, who received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) for 2012 and 2013.   Read more »