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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.

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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.

Information Session & Tours of VASCI Facilities
Information Sessions and Facilities Tours will be offered at 1:25 p.m. on December 1, 2017, February 2, 2018 and March 2, 2018. The November 3, 2017 Information Session is full. 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.
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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.

Veterinary and Animal Sciences Snapshot/Department at a Glance

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst


News & Announcements

Alexandria Wells awarded the American Association of Immunologists' Young Investigator Award

Ph.D. candidate Alexandria Wells (Pobezinsky lab) was awarded the American Association of Immunologists’ Young Investigator Award at the 2017 New England Immunology Conference in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.   Read more »

Sandra PetersenSandra Petersen Named Senior Graduate Diversity Advisor for Graduate School

Sandra Petersen, a nationally recognized leader in developing recruitment and mentorship programs for underrepresented graduate students from the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), has been named senior graduate diversity advisor by Barbara Krauthamer, dean of the Graduate School.   Read more »

Unexpected regulation of transcription factors critical to development

Dominique Alfandari and Hélène Cousin, with others at MIT, report in a new paper that they have for the first time described how two transcription factors that are “absolutely essential for human development” are regulated by a cell surface metalloprotease known as ADAM13. The discovery adds to knowledge of how cells migrate in vertebrate embryos, how stem cells differentiate and how cancer cells metastasize.   Read more »

Snoeyenbos Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Awarded to Aliza Majewski

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is pleased to announce that Aliza Majewski has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Snoeyenbos Award for Excellence in Graduate Research.   Read more »

Students Serve as Agriculture Educators at Big E

Tia Trabucco and Jackie Masse are enrolled in the Animal Science Public Outreach Practicum for this fall semester and are serving as Agricultural Ambassadors answering questions from the general public in the Farm-A-Rama building at the Big E.   Read more »

Hong Fellowship Awarded to Alexandria Gillespie

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is pleased to announce that Alexandria Gillespie has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Frances and Chou-Chu Hong, DVM, PhD Graduate Fellowship in Veterinary and Animal Sciences.   Read more »