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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.

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

Campus tours are also available through undergraduate admissions.


News & Announcements

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 »

Bay State JusticeMorgan Colt born at Hadley Farm

Foaled Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 104 lbs Bay State Justice is a Morgan colt by Ulenfield Elation (UVM Elite x Ulenfield Chelsea) out of HR Clearly Legal (Clearview Commander x Indian Creek Legally Wild). Justice has quite the personality and may be on his way to becoming the next resident UMass stallion!   Read more »

Hanoverian Filly 6-18-14Hanoverian Filly born at Hadley Farm

Foaled Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 104.5 lbs Hanoverian filly by Wetherson out of Alessandra Q. Wetherson is a successful FEI dressage stallion by Werther out of the States Premium mare Walesca by Waldhorn. This gorgeous filly has tremendous potential and a sweet disposition.   Read more »

Arcaro, Smith-Schneider and Webley Labs hosting medical students from Turkey

Five students from Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey will be working in the labs of Dr. Kathleen Arcaro and Dr. Sallie Smith Schneider, both from the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sicences and Dr. Wilmore Webley of the Microbiology Department.   Read more »

Chuang ChenChuang Chen Publishes Article on Immune Responses

Chuang Chen, who earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree through the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department’s Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program in July of 2012 has had her first author paper research results published in the July 2014 issue of the Journal of Immunology.   Read more »

Dr. Mark L. Morris Sr.Morris Animal Foundation is the place where science meets HOPE

The mission of the Morris Animal Foundation is to improve the health and well-being of companion animals and wildlife by funding humane animal health studies and disseminating information about those studies. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is a global leader in animal health science; their funding helps more species in more places than any other organization in the world.        Read more »