Animal Science Peer Mentoring Group

The Animal Science Peer Mentoring Group was established  by students to assist underclassmen in the Veterinary and Animal Science Department to network with upperclassmen who then advise the underclassmen in a big brother/big sister type setting. The Peer Mentoring Group assists students with internships, scheduling classes, getting involved with various types of research, applying to vet school, applying for jobs and forming long lasting friendships. The goal of the group is to pass on helpful tips to the underclassmen based on what students have learned along the way and creating a fellowship between all animal science students. Our overall goal is to make the UMass campus feel smaller and a little more like home. 

Each underclassman is matched with an upperclassman who shares similar interests. Each mentor can have up to three mentees, but most only have one or two. This pairing gives the underclassmen a peer that the students can easily reach out to when they need advice or have concerns.

peer mentors Fall 2014

Meetings are held every other week and a variety of topics are covered including (but not limited to):

  • Study skills and note taking habits
  • Resume building guidance
  • How to get involved in research
  • Study Abroad options and experiences

Social activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Movie Nights
  • Group Dinners
  • Group activities –apple picking, pumpkin carving, hay rides, gingerbread houses and more!

All activities and meetings are designed to help form camaraderie within the department.

The first meeting for the Fall 2016 semester will be Wednesday- September 14th at 5:30 in ISB 221. Pizza will be served.

For additional information, please contact

mradock [at] umass [dot] edu (Mackenzie Radock)

aguresh [at] umass [dot] edu (Andrew Guresh)

jbalise [at] umass [dot] edu (John Balise), faculty advisor


Peer Mentors and Mentees decorating pumpkins



Peer Mentors and Mentees making Gingerbread peers with Becky  peers with Katie Wilson  peers with Nikki