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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.

Beltie students win award

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.

Inside UMass newsletter

 

News & Announcements

EweMass Wool Blankets Available for Purchase

The EweMass Wool Blankets are baaaack! Woven in Massachusetts from wool produced in Massachusetts, the blankets contain at least 20 percent wool from sheep at the UMass Amherst Hadley Farm; the blankets also include wool from sheep belonging to alumni or families of alumni.   Read more »

UMass Amherst Named a ‘Best Value College’ by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine latest rankings, published Dec. 15, rate UMass Amherst as the 46th best value for Massachusetts residents and 52nd for out-of-state students. Both rankings are up 10 places from last year!   Read more »

UMass Amherst Names New Dean of the College of Natural Sciences

Tricia R. Serio, professor and head of the department of molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona, has been named dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst by Provost Katherine S. Newman. Serio is expected to assume her new duties on campus in August 2017.   Read more »

Shijun J. Zheng, DVM, PhD hosts Dr.s Baldwin and Black at China Agricultural University.

Dr. Cynthia Baldwin and Dr. Sam Black travelled to the China Agricultural University in the fall of 2016, presented seminars and met with a former graduate students, Shijun Zheng, DVM,PhD. and Jun Tang, PhD. Dr. Zheng is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the Department of Preventive Veterinary Medicine College of Veterinary Medicine at China Agricultural University.   Read more »

Nessim Watson, CNS career advisor now located in Morrill II, 337B

As part of the college’s commitment to expanding career services to our students, Nessim Watson ‘05 PhD, Assistant Director of Career Counseling, has recently moved to the CNS Advising Center full-time—his office is Morrill II 337B.   Read more »

Belted Galloway Management class honored with Richard C. Anderson Memorial Award

The Belted Galloway Management class was tremendously honored to receive the Richard C. Anderson Memorial Award at the Big E in West Springfield this fall! The award recognizes dedication to the Belted Galloway breed of beef cattle.   Read more »