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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.

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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 of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Information Sessions & Tours of VASCI Facilities
The VASCI Information Session and Facilities Tour is scheduled for 1:15 pm on Friday, April 19, 2019. The Information Session and Facilities Tour last approximately two hours and will include our laboratory facilities and the Hadley Farm Equine and Livestock Research and Education Center.  Registration is required as seating is limited, please contact us at VASCI [at] umass [dot] edu or 413-545-0666 to register to participate.

Campus tours are available through the Undergraduate Admissions office.
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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.

Veterinary and Animal Sciences Snapshot/Department at a Glance

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst - July 21 - August 2, 2019

 

News & Announcements

Science Day will be Thursday, May 2

VASCI undergraduates will present their research on Science Day. The day will include short oral presentations from students in the morning, followed by poster presentations by undergraduate students conducting independent studies projects with Departmental Faculty members in the afternoon. All VASCI students are welcome to attend.   Read more »

2 year old Registered Hanoverian Gelding for sale

Dr. Weltklasse or “Dewey” priced at $500.00, for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the horse, please contact jrsmith [at] umass [dot] edu   Read more »

Director of Veterinary Technology Program - NTT

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences - VASCI at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications to fill a non-tenure-track (Lecturer) position at the level of Director of a new Bachelor’s of Science - Veterinary Technology degree that will complement our nationally ranked Bachelor’s of Science - Pre-Veterinary Science and Bachelor’s of Science - Animal Science degree programs. Anticipated start date in 2019.   Read more »

VASCI Students Certified in AI

Twenty-four students traveled with Katie Beltaire and John Balise to Cargill Packing Plant in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania during the 2019 Spring Break to  learn the technique and become certified in Artificial Insemination for cattle.   Read more »

The Bay State Livestock Classic has been cancelled

The annual Bay State Livestock Classic has been cancelled.   Read more »

New Resident Morgan Stallion at the UMass Hadley Farm.

Introducing “Bay State Justice”, our new resident Morgan Stallion at the UMass Hadley Farm.   Read more »