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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, February 12, 2016 (due to a scheduling conflict on February 5).  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.

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.



News & Announcements

2016 Winter Travelling Dairy Tour

Nine UMass students participated in the annual Winter Traveling Dairy Tour January 11- 15.   Read more »

Cynthia Baldwin selected for 2015-2016 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series and Chancellor's Medal

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. The lecture series not only honors individual faculty members and their achievements, but it also celebrates the values of academic excellence that we as a community share.   Read more »

Joseph Jerry, interviewed by Nature for an article about scientists in the nonprofit sector

Joseph Jerry, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and science director at the nonprofit Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, was interviewed by Nature for an article about scientists in the nonprofit sector.   Read more »

Samuel Black, Ph.D.Dr. Black awarded Gates Foundation Grant

Samuel Black, Ph.D., professor of veterinary and animal sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded a three-year, $478,000 grant, by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to work with an international team developing a vaccine to control and cure trypanosomiasis, a fatal disease of cattle in sub-Saharan Africa and a major obstacle to raising livestock there.   Read more »

UMass wool blanketUMass Wool Blankets, Yarn & Sheepskin available for Holiday Gift Giving

When the sheep are sheared in the spring we save the best wool and have it woven into our popular, beautiful and soft throws and blankets.  These blankets and throws are made locally, make great gifts, and are a true reflection of the enthusiasm our students have for all the animals at the farm.  All proceeds help support the Livestock Program in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences and The Center for Agriculture.   Read more »

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 »