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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.

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. The Department values an open and inclusive environment that celebrates the diversity of our students and staff.

For INCOMING FRESHMEN and TRANSFER STUDENTS

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

Information Sessions and Facilities Tours for the Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary Science and Vet Tech majors will be offered at 1:00pm on April 28. Reservations are required as seating is limited, please contact us at vasci [at] umass [dot] edu to register to participate.

Campus Tours are available through the Undergraduate Admissions office. UMass Amherst Campus maps and directions.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

GRADUATION 2022

University Commencement, Friday, May 13, 2022, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, rain or shine , McGuirk Alumni Stadium, UMass Amherst

CNS Senior Celebration, Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9:00-11:00am, Mullins Center. This event will be live streamed.
VASCI Commencement Celebration, Saturday, May 14, 2022, following CNS Senior Celebration. Refreshments will be served in the courtyard between the Integrated Sciences Building and the Life Sciences Laboratories.

Veterinary Technology Pinning Ceremony,  Thursday, May 12th, 2022, 6:30pm, Shaw Hall, UMass Amherst Mount Ida Campus, please RSVP here

SUMMER 2022

Summer Pre-College courses for rising junior and senior high school students in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Equine Science, and Veterinary Technology.

Summer Courses - Wildlife Reproduction, Small Animal Nursing, Equine, Cattle, and Companion Animal Nutrition, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Large Animal Clinical Nursing, and Introduction to Veterinary Technology. Register through University Without Walls.
  

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has climbed into the Top 25 of the nation’s premier public universities, coming in at No. 24 among the approximately 130 public institutions ranked in the Best Colleges 2020 guide published by U.S. News & World Report.

Watch “At UMass Amherst We Stand”

Sierra Magazine Ranks UMass Amherst No.7 among North America’s ‘Cool Schools’

ABBS Graduate Program Seminars Spring 2022

 

 

News & Announcements

Students Receive Graduate School Dissertation Research Grants

Pamelia Lim (MCB PhD - Rothchild lab) and Sue (Xiaosu) Miao (ABBS PhD - Cui lab) have recently been awarded Graduate School Dissertation Research Grants.   Read more »

VASCI Students offered Early Acceptance to Tufts

May 2022 The Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department is proud to announce that Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University has offered early acceptance to four Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department sophomore students: Rachael Battey, Morgan Rollins, Laura Snow, and Paige Szipszky.   Read more »

VASCI Students offered Early Acceptance to Tufts

May 2022 The Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department is proud to announce that Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University has offered early acceptance to four Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department sophomore students: Rachael Battey, Morgan Rollins, Laura Snow, and Paige Szipszky.   Read more »

UMass students participated in the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championship

UMass students participated in the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championship held May 5-8 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania   Read more »

Annual Spring Poultry Show

The Poultry Management Class held their annual Spring Show on April 26.   Read more »

Science Day will be Thursday, May 5

VASCI undergraduates will present their research on Science Day.   Read more »