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          The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
                 is proud to congratulate the Class of 2020!

                        Please enjoy our VASCI Class of 2020 Celebratory Video recognizing our
                                         Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Science Majors.

       The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
   is proud to congratulate the graduates of our new major,
                             Veterinary Technology!

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!

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.

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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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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UMass Horses for Sale - There are no Horses for sale at this time.

 

Hadley Farm Shuttle Bus Schedule - the schedule will be posted in August.

VASCI Department Research Labs Reopening Best Practices

 

 

News & Announcements

Pobezinsky Receives NIH Grant to Investigate RNA and T-cells

Immunologist Leonid Pobezinsky, veterinary and animal sciences, recently received a five-year, $2.7 million grant from the NIH’s National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study specialized microRNA and T-cells.   Read more »

Morgane Golan has been published in the Backyard Poultry Magazine.

Morgane (BS – pre-veterinary science ’20) describes the VASCI Poultry Management class for readers and gives them an inside look at how our students are directly involved in the care and management of the poultry flock each semester.   Read more »

Study Finds New Mentoring Model Supports Underrepresented Minority Women Faculty in STEM

Results of a new experiment by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggest that an online mutual-mentoring model called “Amplifying Voices” can create “trusting and supportive environments” among underrepresented minority women in STEM across academic institutions.   Read more »

A. GillespieSnoeyenbos Prize Awarded to Alexandria Gillespie

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is pleased to announce that Alexandria Gillespie has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Snoeyenbos Award for Excellence in Graduate Research.   Read more »

Hong Fellowship Presented to Dipika Nandi

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is pleased to announce that Dipika Nandi has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Frances and Chou-Chu Hong, DVM, PhD Graduate Fellowship in Veterinary and Animal Sciences.   Read more »

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 2020 Scholarship Awards

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is pleased to announce the 2020 Scholarship Awards.   Read more »