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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 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

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 »

M. Bernard & Guns n RosesMegan Bernard ’13 awarded International Kiko Goat Association Scholarship at Cornell University

“I think being involved with the goat herd was one of the best things I could have done with my time at UMass when it came to preparing myself for vet school, and it was probably the single most important factor allowing me to earn the IKGA scholarship.”  - Megan Bernard   Read more »

D. Joseph Jerry, Ph.D.Collaborative project between UMass faculty and Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research awarded $1 million grant

Joseph Jerry, Ph.D. and Karen Dunphy, Ph.D. of the UMass Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department and the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research have been awarded a Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program grant of $1 million to investigate a novel approach to understand how pregnancy might prevent the growth of cancerous cells in the breast.    Read more »

diagram of U.S. to illustrate ebolaThe Ebola Epidemic: How We Got Here, Current Preparedness, and Future Outlook

Dr. Wilmore Webley will be moderating a panel discussion about the Ebola outbreak on Tuesday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m.in the Campus Center Auditorium.  What you need to know to prevent further spread  What preparations UMass Amherst and Massachusetts have taken  Ebola’s future outlook   Read more »

Barbara Osborne, Ph.D.Barbara Osborne, Ph.D. has received three new grant awards

Veterinary and Animal Sciences faculty member, Barbara Osborne, Ph.D. has received three new grant awards.         Read more »