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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 »

Tours of VASCI facilities
Tours are offered at 10:00 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 Hadley Farm.  Please contact John Balise to arrange for a tour.

Campus tours are also available through undergraduate admissions.


News & Announcements

Cynthia Baldwin, PhDDr. Cynthia Baldwin selected as the 2014 Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Cynthia Baldwin was recently selected as the 2014 Distinguished Lecturer by the Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate program at the University of Florida.  Dr. Baldwin presented “The role of a new family pattern recognition receptor (WC1) in activation of bovine γδ T cells and promotion of vaccine efficacy” at the Twelfth Annual Research Symposium of the Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate program at the University of Florida held in Mount Dora, Florida April 11 &12.   Read more »

Katie Wilson & Chelsey MullenEarly Acceptance to Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is very pleased to announce that Katie Wilson ‘16 and Chelsey Mullen ‘16 have been selected for Early Acceptance to Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Katie and Chelsey are two of the four applicants who were selected from the entire applicant pool.   Read more »

Dr. Salicioni to speak at American Society of Andrology's annual conference

Ana María Salicioni, Ph.D. has been invited to speak at the  Basic Science Workshop on “Assessing Male Reproductive Function in the Laboratory” organized by the American Society of Andrology, on April 5, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Salicioni’s presentation will be “Experimental Approaches to Study Phosphorylation Pathways in Sperm Capacitation”;  she will speak during Session 3:  New Tools and Approaches to Drug Discovery.   Read more »

ASA logoDr. Visconti to present his studies at the 39th Annual Conference of the American Society of Andrology

Dr. Pablo Visconti will present his studies at the Symposium on Spermatogenesis, Post-Testicular Sperm Maturation and Male Fertility as part of the 39th Annual Conference of the American Society of Andrology (ASA) in Atlanta, Georgia April 5-8, 2014.  Dr. Visconti will present “Ca2+ and cAMP Signaling Crosstalk During Sperm Capacitation”.   Read more »

UMass wool blanketOur Wool is turning into EweMass Blankets

The fine quality wool sheared from the UMass Dorset Sheep herd has been woven into beautiful, warm blankets and lap throws.  These blankets and throws, as well as sheepskins and ready-to-be dyed yarn and raw fleece are now available and make excellent graduation gifts!   Read more »

2013 Baystate Livestock Classic2014 Baystate Livestock Classic

Come join the Veterinary and Animal Science Department students for a free fun filled day at The Hadley Farm (111 N.Maple Street Hadley, MA 01035) on Saturday, April 5th from 9am until 4:30pm.  This is a rain or shine event.  It is recommended that you bring a lawn chair. This is a great opportunity for children to learn about livestock and agriculture through our informational booths and hands on activities.   Read more »