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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.

        Quintuplet Dorset lambs were born at the UMass Hadley Farm on April 7! 

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.


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

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 »

Beltie Students Show at the Big East

Students in the Belted Galloway Management Class showed heifers, UMass Will-O-The-Wisp and UMass Scout, at the 2017 Big East held May 4-7.   Read more »

Commencement 2017

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Commencement Celebration will be Saturday, the Thirteenth of May 2017, 1:00  to 3:00 p.m in the First Floor Atrium of the Integrated Sciences Building.   Read more »

Science Day will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017

VASCI undergraduates will present their research on Science Day. The day will include short oral presentations from students in the morning, followed by poster presentations by undergraduate students conducting independent studies projects with Departmental Faculty members in the afternoon. All VASCI students are welcome to attend.   Read more »