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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. Department at a Glance »

quadruplet lambs born 9/3/14

Tours of VASCI facilities
Tours are offered at 11:00 a.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.  Please contact John Balise to arrange for a tour.

The UMass Admissions Fall Open House will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Campus tours are also available through undergraduate admissions.


News & Announcements

Barbara Osborne, Ph.D.Barbara Osborne, Ph.D. has received three new grant awards

Veterinary and Animal Sciences faculty member, Barbara Osborne, Ph.D. has received three new grant awards.         Read more »

Kathleen Arcaro, Ph.DDr. Arcaro awarded NCI and Rays of Hope Research Grants

VASCI faculty member, Kathleen Arcaro, Ph.D and Food Science faculty member, David Sela, Ph.D. will collaborate on a study titled “Validation of findings from the Epigenome-Wide Association Study of Breast Cancer” with Dr. Susan Sturgeon, an epidemiologist in the School of Public Health, as the primary investigator on a two year National Cancer Institute grant totaling $916,890.  This award demonstrates the value of collaborative research at UMass; the analysis of DNA methylation will be conducted in Dr. Arcaro’s lab with Dr. Sela who brings expertise in next generation sequencing.   Read more »

Goessling & North laboratory“Novel Regulators of Liver Development and Regeneration”.

Wolfram Goessling’s seminar entitled “Novel Regulators of Liver Development and Regeneration” will start off the VASCI seminar series for the fall and will take place on Wednesday, September 24, 4-5 pm in room 221 of the Integrated Sciences Building.   Read more »

Altor Bioscience"A Novel IL-15-based Immunotherapeutic for Cancer"

The Microbiology Department will host  a seminar presented by Hing C. Wong, Ph.D., President & Chief Executive Officer of Altor BioScience Corporation will on Friday, September 26, 11:15 a.m. in room 221 of the Integrated Sciences Building.     Read more »

Frances & Chou-Chu HongNew Endowed Graduate Fellowship Honors Chou-Chu Hong '73 PhD

Two brothers, Jerry C. Hong (’93 Isenberg School of Management), and Jason I. Hong have established a fellowship to recognize the education and training at UMass Amherst of their father, Chou-Chu Hong DVM, PhD, who recently stepped down as President of Taiwan’s Level Biotechnology, Inc.   Read more »

John Marshall ClarkClark's research featured in article about the increasing difficulty in eliminating head lice

Dr. John Marshall Clark is interviewed and his recent study in the Journal of Medical Entomology featured in a story about why it is increasingly difficult to get rid of head lice.   Read more »