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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
VASCI Information Sessions and Facilities Tours are scheduled for 1:15 pm on Fridays, November 2, 2018, December 7, 2018, February 1, 2019, and March 1, 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.

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News & Announcements

New Study by Team Led by UMass Amherst Researcher Finds GRE Scores Are Not Predictive of STEM Doctoral Degree Completion

In a new study of U.S./Permanent Resident students at state flagship research institutions published today in the journal PLOS ONE, a team of researchers led by Sandra L. Petersen of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has found convincing evidence that GRE scores are not predictive of STEM doctoral degree completion, and that relying on scores from the quantitative section (GRE Q) of the exam is likely to exclude talented students who score below arbitrarily defined “acceptable” scores, but who have other characteristics that are likely better predictors of success.   Read more »

2018-2019 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher Student Achievement Award

Taylor Guertin ‘19 a biochemistry major who has worked with Dr. Tremblay in the Tremblay lab since the summer after Taylor’s freshman year has been selected to receive the 2018-2019 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher Student Achievement Award.   Read more »

VASCI is seeking Tenure Track Assistant Professor in the thematic area of "Engineering Immune Responses"

VASCI invites applications to fill a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position in the thematic area of “Engineering Immune Responses” with the goals of preventing the establishment of disease, developing treatments for existing diseases and creating conditions that improve human and animal health through the application of quantitative approaches.   Read more »

Science Scene: ‘Equine behavior and learning theory’

Science-based approaches improve horse training.   Read more »

Ph.D. Candidate Edward Murenzi Wins Poster Competition

Edward Murenzi, a Ph.D. candidate in molecular and cellular biology and veterinary and animal sciences, was awarded first place in the Agrochemical Division poster competition at the 256th national meeting of the American Chemical Society held Aug. 19-23 in Boston.   Read more »

Rachel Blasko Receives Farm Credit East Scholarship

Rachel Blasko, of Northborough, Massachusetts plans a career as a large animal veterinarian.   Read more »