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UMass Amherst has suspended all in-person classes, including laboratory, studio, capstone, and graduate courses, until the end of the semester as efforts across the state, the nation, and the world to contain the coronavirus COVID-19 continue to intensify.

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.

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

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.

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

Information Sessions and Facilities Tours will resume when it is deemed safe to do so. Please check here for a listing. Reservations are required as seating is limited, please contact us at lwest0 [at] vasci [dot] umass [dot] edu 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. Undergraduate Admissions has suspended all information sessions and tours.

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.
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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.



News & Announcements

Teaching Giraffes to take Radiographs!

Rebecca Schneyer earned her BS in Animal Science in 2014 and is now employed as a Senior Keeper of Hooves & Horns at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, Massachusetts where she is teaching giraffes to place their hooves on blocks for radiographs.   Read more »

Mount Ida Campus Veterinary Technology program donates PPE to South Shore Hospital

South Shore Hospital in Weymouth has received a donation of much-needed masks, gloves and gowns from the veterinary technology program at the UMass Amherst Mount Ida Campus.   Read more »

Breast milk - a liquid biopsy

Kathleen Arcaro, PhD is pioneering a noninvasive breast cancer screening method for BRCA-positive women.   Read more »

CANCELLED - Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Equine Science Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst

We regret to say that in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, UMass Summer Programs has suspended all in-person programs for summer 2020.   Read more »

Chancellor Announces Postponement of Commencement

Commencement, which was scheduled for Friday, May 8th, and all commencement weekend activities, will be postponed because of the ongoing prohibition of large gatherings and our own efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19.   Read more »

UMass Amherst Suspends all in-person classes through the end of the Spring 2020 Semester

On Friday, March 13 Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy announced, “As efforts across the state, the nation, and the world to contain the coronavirus COVID-19 continue to intensify, today I am announcing that UMass Amherst will suspend all in-person classes, including laboratory, studio, capstone, and graduate courses, until the end of the semester.”   Read more »