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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.

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Information Sessions & Tours of VASCI Facilities

The Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department will be offering an Information Session and Facilities Tour on Fridays October 4, November 1, December 6. Reservations are required as seating is limited, please contact us at VASCI [at] umass [dot] edu or 413-545-0666 to register to participate. The Information Session and Facilities Tour last approximately two hours and will include our laboratory facilities and the Hadley Farm Equine and Livestock Research and Education Center. 

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 - July 21 - August 2, 2019


News & Announcements

VASCI Farm Management Summer Intern

Stephanie Puro, BS Animal Science ‘20 was the 2019 summer VASCI Farm Management Intern.   Read more »

Goli Ardestani, Ph.D. Candidate presents at Gordon Research Seminar

Goli Ardestani, Ph.D. candidate was selected to present at the recent Gordon Research Seminar.   Read more »

4-H Summer of Science at UMass Hadley Farm

Middle and High School students from across the state were engaged in hands-on learning at the UMass Hadley Farm as part of the 4-H Summer of Science Youth Development program.   Read more »

Introducing "Bay State Ophelia"

Introducing the newest Morgan horse at the UMass Hadley Farm, Bay State Ophelia!   Read more »

Upcoming Equine Events at UMass Hadley Farm

Upcoming Equine Events at UMass Hadley Farm     Read more »

The Newest Addition at the UMass Hadley Farm

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our newest addition at the UMass Hadley Farm: a Hanoverian foal named “Stockbridge Sonnet UM” lovingly nicknamed “Levi”.   Read more »