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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.


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 2:30pm on January 31, February 28, March 28, April 20 and April 25. 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.

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

Campus maps and directions.

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

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News & Announcements

Vaccinated Women Pass COVID-19 Antibodies to Breastfeeding Babies

Women vaccinated against COVID-19 transfer SARS-CoV-2 antibodies to their breastfed infants, potentially giving their babies passive immunity against the coronavirus, according to University of Massachusetts Amherst research.   Read more »

UMass Amherst Faculty Members Receive Acorn Innovation Grants

Three UMass Amherst faculty members received Acorn Innovation grants of $16,250 each to help them test the viability of their innovations and potentially bring them closer to market.   Read more »

Meg GenningsNew UMass Hadley Farm Lab Technician

VASCI is pleased to announce that Meghan Gennings has accepted the new position of UMass Hadley Farm Lab Technician.   Read more »

UMass Equine Program Homecoming Reception

The friends and alumni of the UMass equine program invite you to a Homecoming reception at the UMass Hadley Farm, which will include a tribute to Dr. Tony Borton (1933–2021).   Read more »

Class of 2020 Commencement to be Celebrated Sunday, November 7, 2021

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is excited to welcome back the Class of 2020 for a special Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mullins Center.   Read more »

Hong Fellowship Awarded to Daya Tourzani

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is pleased to announce that Darya Tourzani has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Frances and Chou-Chu Hong, DVM, PhD Graduate Fellowship in Veterinary and Animal Sciences.   Read more »