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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.

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.

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Pre-Veterinary Medicine Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst


News & Announcements

Discover Honors and Research

VASCI students - Make the most of your undergraduate career by getting involved in research and beginning your path to a capstone thesis. Attend an informational meeting on March 2, 6:00-7:15 pm in ISB 427L. Pizza & cookies provided!   Read more »

Sturgeon and Arcaro to Conduct Pilot Study of how Chemicals affect Breast Density

Epidemiologist, Susan Sturgeon, of the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Department, and breast cancer researcher, Kathleen Arcaro,  of the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department, will team up on a one-year pilot study of bisphenol A (BPA), phthalate and related compound levels and effects on breast density around the time a woman is breast-feeding her first child. The study is funded by a $300,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health.   Read more »

Join us at the 82nd Bay State Livestock Classic!

The 82nd Classic will be held Saturday, April 8 at the UMass Hadley Farm with five classes of animal shows to attend: Goats, Sheep, Chicken, Horses and Cows, a petting zoo with baby kids and lambs and a special demonstration by the UMass Mounted Police. Free Admission and Free Parking!   Read more »

Z-stack montage of the distribution of the CAMKII FRET sensor Camui in a mouse eCNS Study Featured in Science Ad for Gordon Research Conference on Fertilization & Activation of Development

This image of a Z-stack montage of the distribution of the CAMKII FRET sensor Camui in a mouse egg, created at the UMASS-Amherst Light Microscopy Facility, was recently selected to be included within the upcoming GRC Science ad.   Read more »

College of Natural Sciences Launches Redesigned Website

CNS dean Steve Goodwin, who has been a key member of the planning team, says, “It’s exciting to have a new website that has so many useful features and that really showcases the college’s strengths and resources for both external and internal audiences.”   Read more »

UMass Amherst Celebrates Black Heritage Month

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is hosting more than a dozen events throughout the month of February in observance of Black Heritage Month.   Read more »