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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.

grad. 17 group at Mullins

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Cummings early accepts. 2017

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is very pleased to announce that Stephanie Maciorowski, Allison Schwarz, Jennifer Finne, and Marina Huenchunir have been selected for Early Acceptance to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

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.

Veterinary & Animal Sciences Department 2015-2016 Snapshot/Department at a Glance

Information Session & 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. The Information Session and Tour 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.

Campus tours are available through the Undergraduate Admissions office.

Campus maps and directions.

Students interested in transferring to the Animal Science or Pre-veterinary Science major should carefully read Changing Your Major to Animal Science or Pre-Veterinary Science

To learn more about the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department’s Undergraduate program, please access our Frequently Asked Questions.

Inside UMass newsletter

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst

 

News & Announcements

Beltie Mother and Daughter give birth on the same day!

On June 20 Satin, our 11 year-old beltie, delivered a 55 pound heifer calf. Thirty minutes before her mom delivered, Satin’s 4 year-old daughter, Sadie, delivered a heifer calf. Both cows and calves are doing well.   Read more »

Study: Wildlife managers should prioritize preventing brucellosis transmission from elk

The NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES,ENGINEERING, AND MEDICINE 209-page report lays out various options to control brucellosis in cattle, bison and elk in Greater Yellowstone Area.   Read more »

College of Natural Sciences – 2017-2018 Research Review Council

A select group of CNS accomplished scientists have volunteered to serve on the Research Review Council to both advise the college on research development initiatives, as well as to review preliminary proposals, as part of the CNS Research Review Program.   Read more »

Petersen Awarded Grant to Continue Study of Gene Linked to Alzheimer's, Other Disorders

Sandra Petersen, Ph.D. of the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department, recently received a two-year, $438,000 exploratory grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to further her studies of a little-known gene, CUG RNA-binding protein 2, which affects sex-specific development processes in the brain and has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, neural cell death and reproductive disorders.   Read more »

Innovation Challenge Awards Star Sperm $20,000

StarSperm, developer of a proprietary medium that overcomes male infertility in vitro by improving sperm functionality, was second-place winner in the Innovation Challenge.   Read more »

Clark's article is among Journal’s Most Cited

An article by John M. Clark, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and colleagues in the May 2016 issue of Journal of Medical Entomology has been listed among the journal’s most cited for the year.   Read more »