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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 1:00 p.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 register to participate in one of the tours of VASCI facilities.

The UMass Admissions Office will hold Spring Open Houses in February, March and April.

Early Action Spring Open Houses for admitted students and their families will be held Friday, February 20, Saturday, February 21, Sunday February 22 and Friday, February 27.

Campus tours are also available through the Undergraduate Admissions office.


News & Announcements

Nuno Carreiro, DVMNuno Carreiro, DVM accepts new position at Becker College

Becker College has hired Dr. Nuno Carreiro, (UMass MS 2002, BS 2001) as an assistant professor and staff veterinarian of the Lenfest Animal Health Center located on the College’s Leicester Campus. In this position, Dr. Carreiro will serve in an instructional role teaching courses and lab sessions, in addition to working in the Health Center twice a week as the staff veterinarian.   Read more »

Hanoverian Filly 6-18-14VASCI Introduces New Equine Management Class

Starting in the Spring 2015 semester Dr. Cassie Uricchio will be offering an Equine Management Class for Pre-Veterinary Science and Animal Science majors.   Read more »

Kathleen Arcaro, Ph.DKathleen Arcaro participating in study to validate new method for early identification of breast cancer-related changes

Kathleen Arcaro, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and David Sela, Food Science, are part of a team led by Susan Sturgeon, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, that has received a two-year, $760,462 National Cancer Institute award to validate a new method for early identification of breast cancer-related changes that could help to identify women at higher risk and lead to new prevention strategies.    Read more »

Rococo Holsteiner brood mareBrood Mare donated to Hadley Farm

Rococo is a Holsteiner verband mare who has competed to level 2 dressage.   Read more »

backyard chickens"The truth about chickens: Facts about the egg"

Animal Science majors, Brianna Swierk and Rebecca Swierk have published “The truth about chickens:  Facts about the egg” in the Collegian.  Based on their experience and education, they have debunked some common chicken myths.     Read more »

Fourth Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research SymposiumFourth Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium

Lofti Mateo Bassa, a VASCI graduate student in the Animal Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences program and Megan E. Bailey, a graduate student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology program will present their research findings at the Fourth Annual Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium to be held Friday, November 21st, 2014 in the Campus Center Room 163 starting at 9:30 am.     Read more »