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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.  The Information Session and Tour 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.

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

A Tyrosine Kinase for FERTilization

Recent research findings from the Visconti Lab, at the UMASS-Amherst Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, were featured as the “Paper of the Week” in the July 1, 2016 issue of Development, a highly cited scientific Journal for advances in developmental biology and stem cells: “The tyrosine kinase FER is responsible for the capacitation-associated increase in tyrosine phosphorylation in murine sperm”.   Read more »

UMass Belted Galloway herd welcomes the first calf of 2016

Dallas,a lively and friendly bull calf was delivered at 10pm on June 14th by Dr. Beltaire, Olivia Smith, VASCI, class of 2017 and Brooke Alnwick, VASCI, class of 2016.   Read more »

2016 Graduate Retreat

The Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department 2016 Graduate Retreat was held June 6 at the Montague Retreat Center with 70 faculty members, staff and graduate students attending.   Read more »

Dr. Katherine A. Beltaire selected for 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is very pleased to announce that Dr. Katherine A. Beltaire, DVM, DACT has been selected for the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award. The campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Awards honor pedagogical excellence.  Faculty members must be nominated by current students and alumni and the selection process ensures continued input from students.  It is the highest recognition of teaching awarded by the campus.   Read more »

Serena McConkey receives the Gerald F. Scanlon Student Employee of the Year Award

Serena McConkey ‘17, administrative assistant in the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department’s Business and Human Resources Office has been recognized for her outstanding service and dedication to the department as the recipient of the Gerald F. Scanlon Student Employee of the Year Award.   Read more »

Alice Newth receives 2016 Chancellor’s Citation Award

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is very pleased to announce that Alice Newth, UMass Hadley Farm Livestock Barn Manager has been selected for the 2016 Chancellor’s Citation Award. The Chancelor’s Citation Award recognizes and honors University staff members who have demonstrated exemplary and outstanding service to the University.     Read more »