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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.

View our video to learn about the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department at UMass!

Spring 2021 Schedule ABBS Graduate Program Seminar Series

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

If you are interested in learning more about our program please click here to view our Virtual Information Session and Facilities Tour. We will be offering Question and Answer sessions on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00pm and on Sunday, April 18 at 2:00 pm. Reservations are required to receive the Zoom link, please contact us at vasci [at] umass [dot] edu to register to participate.

Vet Tech Major - a Virtual Information Session and Facilities Tours will be offered on Monday, March 8 at 6:30pm. Reservations are required to receive the Zoom link, please contact us at vasci [at] umass [dot] edu to register to participate.

Virtual Campus Tours are available through the Undergraduate Admissions office.

Summer Pre-College Programs at UMass Discover pre-college opportunities for high school students.

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine program is an immersion experience for high school students seeking to learn about (1) the field of veterinary medicine, (2) the steps involved in successfully completing a pre-veterinary undergraduate program and becoming a competitive candidate for applying to veterinary school, and (3) the time and financial commitments involved in choosing this career path.

The Equine Science Intensive: Horse Pregnancy & Foaling program allows students to learn in depth about the field of equine science, with a focus on horse pregnancy and foaling.
The Veterinary Technology program allows students to work with UMass faculty and learn about the profession of veterinary technician.

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

Students interested in learning about the Veterinary Technology Major should make an appointment with ajrubin [at] umass [dot] edu (Dr. Amy Rubin), Veterinary Technology Program Director.

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

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