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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

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Information Sesssion & 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.  Tours 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 in one of the tours of VASCI facilities.

Campus tours are available through the Undergraduate Admissions office.

The Admissions Department’s Fall Open House for Prospective Students and their families will take place on Sunday, October 18, 2015.


News & Announcements

Valley Research Consortium receives grant to study breast cancer risk and household products

The National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences announced a five-year grant expected to total more than $3.5 million to a research consortium led by Joseph Jerry of the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to study breast cancer risk and environmental exposure to common chemicals found in cosmetics and household products.   Read more »

Lisa M. Minter, Ph.D. promoted to Associate Professor

Dr. Minter’s research focuses on identifying key regulatory molecules that contribute to autoimmunity, especially the autoimmune bone marrow failure syndrome, Aplastic Anemia.   Read more »

Dominique Alfandari, Ph.D.Dominique Alfandari, Ph.D. promoted to Professor

Dr. Alfandari’s research focuses on the Role of ADAM (A Disintegrin And Metalloprotease) Proteins During the Early Development of the Frog Xenopus laevis.   Read more »

Sandra RoySandra Roy Awarded Manning Inventor Fellowship

Sandra Roy, Ph.D. candidate in the Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences program has been selected to receive one of the four new Manning Inventor Fellowships. The fellowship will allow Roy to expand her basic laboratory research on catheter-acquired urinary tract infection (CAUTI) interventions to include proof-of-concept studies on the most promising drug candidates.   Read more »

Why Head Lice are Becoming More Drug-Resistant

The Wednesday, September 2 edition of NPR’s here & Now show featured an interview with John Marshall Clark, Ph.D. professor of environmental toxicology and chemistry and director of the Massachusetts Pesticide Analysis Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts.   Read more »

Jesse Mager, Ph.D.Jesse Mager awarded an NIH grant to conduct experiments in a subgroup of knockout mice

Jesse Mager, Ph.D., developmental biologist  has been awarded a five-year, $3.29 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a key series of experiments in a subgroup of knockout mice.   Read more »