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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

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 »

Life science faculty and Anika Therapeutics join in new rheumatoid arthritis treatment

The Minter lab is a key part of a major partnership announced on June 17 that embodies exactly what the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is all about.   Read more »

Alumni Event - Leading the Way: UMass & Life Sciences Collaborations

The Life Sciences Alumni Network invites you to connect with fellow alumni and life sciences professionals on June 30, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The UMass Club 225 Franklin Street, Boston, MA 02110.   Read more »

Scholarship Awards

The Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department and Stockbridge School are pleased to announce that they have awarded fourteen scholarships totaling $13,700.00.   Read more »

Elephants, Giraffes, and Flamingos! Oh my!

Paige Milligan, a junior Animal Science major, is spending her summer as an intern at  the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Paige assists with the daily care of the Zoo’s Masai giraffes, Asian elephants, and flock of  greater flamingos.   Read more »

VASCI students show sheep at Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair

Jessica Peterson ‘17 and Avery Sharpe ‘16 had their first experience learning to show sheep at the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair held May 23-25 at the Cummington Fair grounds.   Read more »