Departmental Facilities

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is fully equipped for a wide variety of research applications. Housed within the Integrated Sciences Building, our Department is equipped with an Embryonic Stem Cell Laboratory, as well as a Pyrosequencer, two microplate readers, two real-time quantitative PCR units, a state-of-the-art frog housing room, a fully equipped animal facility and animal holding rooms, and three walk-in cold rooms. Other research applications carried out in our Department include protein analysis and enzymology, cell and tissue culture BSL1/BSL2/BSL2+, cell and tissue culture BSL3 and ABSL3, digital microscopy imaging, calcium imaging and FRET analysis.

Our Flow Cytometer (FACS) Facility is equipped with four flow cytometers. A Becton Dickinson LSRII with two fixed alignment lasers (488nm, and 622nm) is available for trained users for 8 parameter analysis. A BD Dual Fortessa is also available for trained users, one side equiped with 3-lasers, 15 parameter analysis, and a High Throughput sampler and the other side equipped with 5 lasers capable of 18 parameter analysis. In addition, the Facility is capable of 16 parameter analysis and sorting with the 5 laser, fixed alignment, FACSAria II. This facility is supported by a full time Research Faculty. For questions about our FACS Facility, please contact aburnsid [at] vasci [dot] umass [dot] edu (Amy S. Burnside) or  lminter [at] vasci [dot] umass [dot] edu (Lisa Minter).

The Massachusetts Pesticide Analysis Laboratory and the Environmental Toxicology Laboratory, both housed in the Morrill Sciences Building, are also part of our Departmental Research capabilities.

Our Equine Reproductive Services offers advanced assisted reproductive techniques to horse breeders seeking maximization of the reproductive potential of fertile horses or restoration of fertility for subfertile and infertile horses in New England.

VASCI faculty members can check availability and make reservations for the ISB Faculty Parking Space and ISB Delivery Parking Space.  Parking permits must be obtained from Alison Simard 431A ISB.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Academic Calendar 2016-2017

Graduate Seminar Calendar

VASCI faculty, staff and students can check the availability of ISB Conference Rooms 427L & 427R and the Reception Area.  To reserve one of these spaces, please email mschneider [at] vasci [dot] umass [dot] edu (Mary Schneider) and lwest0 [at] vasci [dot] umass [dot] edu (Lisa West)  and include the following in your request:


Date of event:
Event name:
Number of people expected:
Beginning time:
End time:
If event repeats, please note how often.
When your room is booked, you will receive a confirmation email.