Veterinary Technology Major

NEW- UMass Amherst Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology

The Veterinary and Animal Sciences department at UMass Amherst is now offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology to its current nationally and internationally known majors, starting in the academic year 2020-21. Students applying to UMass Amherst in the fall of 2019 and matriculating in the fall of 2020 will be able to choose from the BS-Vet Tech, BS-Animal Science (Animal Management, Biotech and Equine Science concentrations) and BS-Pre-Veterinary Science degree programs. These majors are designed for ease of transition between them, as students refine their interests and career plans, and optimized for timely graduation.

The BS-Vet Tech program provides studentswith the opportunity to spend two years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus learning in state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and farms, followed by two years near Boston in the dedicated Veterinary Technology facility at the UMass Amherst-Mt. Ida campus in Newton, Massachusetts.

Students graduating from UMass Amherst’s BS-Vet Tech program will be prepared for a career as a veterinary technologist in veterinary medicine or biomedical research.

On Monday, January 13, 2020, after thorough review, the Commissioner of Higher Education has approved the University of Massachusetts Amherst to award the Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology degree.

UMass Amherst has filed a proposal for obtaining approval from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for continuation of accreditation of the Veterinary Technology Program on the Mount Ida Campus, so that students who graduate with a UMass Amherst BS-Vet Tech degree and pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) will be certified veterinary technologists.

To Apply

Application to UMass Amherst is through the Common App for non-binding Early Action and Regular Decision deadlines. Students should choose Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Science as a primary and a secondary major, because the new Veterinary Technology major is still going through the Massachusetts state government approval process. The Veterinary Technology major will be in place for students applying in fall 2019 (Early Action) and winter 2020 (Regular Decision). 

Animal Science and Veterinary Technology are open majors, which means that students accepted by UMass Amherst can choose to enter these majors. Entry to the Pre-Veterinary Science major requires a minimum 2.700 weighted GPA in ten UMass Amherst courses or their equivalents.

For more information, please contact: 

Amy Rubin, DVM
Veterinary Technology Program Director
Department of Veterinary & Animal Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
431A Integrated Sciences Building
661 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
ajrubin [at] umass [dot] edu