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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.  Tours last approximately two hours and will include our laboratory facilities and the Hadley Farm Equine and Livestock Research and Education Center.  The next Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department Information Session and Tour will be held Friday, December 4, 2015.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.

Giving Tuesday is one week away! 
Giving Tuesday is December 1, 2015!
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Gving Tuesday - December 1, 2015

News & Announcements

Cynthia Baldwin serves on Brucellosis Panel

Cynthia Baldwin,Ph.D. of the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department, has been invited by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, to serve on an expert panel to update the academy’s 1998 report, “Brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area.”     Read more »

MSA dog in trainingStudents tour MSA Security's state-of-the-art Explosive Detection Canine Training facility

On Veteran’s Day, members of the Pre-Veterinary and Animal Science Club traveled with Dr. Beltaire to Windsor, CT, to tour MSA Security’s state-of-the-art Explosive Detection Canine (EDC) Training facility, where handlers and bomb-sniffing dogs exemplify the highest security industry standards.   Read more »

New course - Wildlife Reproduction

The Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department will offer Wildlife Reproduction for the first time in the Spring 2016 semester.   Read more »

Developmental Biologist Kim Tremblay Receives NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Grant

Developmental biologist Kim Tremblay recently received a two-year, $426,000 grant from NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to use extra-embryonic tissue, that is, the membranes and tissues that protect and nourish embryos until birth, to develop a new model liver system for urgently needed  new ways to study liver function and mechanisms.   Read more »

NEAGEP Welcomes 19 Fellows to STEM Doctoral Programs

Sandra Petersen, director of the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate reports that the program recently welcomed a record number of new fellows to science, technology, engineering and mathematics doctoral programs at UMass Amherst.   Read more »

Erin Amato selected to deliver presentation to the University Foundation Development Committee

Erin Amato, Masters student in the Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Program, was selected to give a presentation on iCons (Integrated Concentration in Science) before the Development Committee of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation.           Read more »