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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

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 »

Nandan Nerurkar "Molecular control of physical forces during morphogenesis of the vertebrate gut."

Nandan Nerurkar a postdoc in the Tabin lab in the Genetics Department at Harvard Medical School will be giving a talk on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in room 427L of the Integrated Sciences Building.       Read more »

equine blastocyst day 7VASCI graduate, Marc Maserati's work in cloning featured on Brazilian news program

Marc Maserati, who earned his Master of Science degree through VASCI’s Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program in 2013 (BS ’99) has now successfully cloned over 30 cows and horses.  O Globo Rural, a Brazilian television program featured Marc’s work in a June 2014 broadcast.   Read more »

4-H camper learns to check horse's pulse4-H "Exploring Veterinary Science" Camps held at UMass Hadley Farm

UMass faculty and students recently conducted two camps for 4-H members interested in veterinary science.   Read more »

Kate McCuskerCatherine McCusker, Ph.D. 2010 has two articles published as journal covers

Catherine (Kate) McCusker who earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree through the Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Program in February of 2010 has had her research photos selected for the covers of the June 2014 issue of Disease Models & Mechanisms and the February 2014 issue of Regeneration.   Read more »