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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.

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.  Tours 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.



News & Announcements

2016 Graduate Retreat

Dr. Florian Schmidt,a post-doctoral fellow from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Graduate Retreat on Monday, June 6 at the Montague Retreat Center.  Dr. Schmidt’s talk is titled “Alpaca Nanobodies as Tools to Study the Cell Biology of the Immune System.”   Read more »

Kathleen Arcaro awarded Fulbright Fellowship for 2015-16

Kathleen Arcaro, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, is one of seven UMass Amherst faculty members awarded Fulbright Fellowships for 2015-16,  Arcaro, who studies molecular toxicology, will spend four months at Yeditepe University in Atasehir, Turkey, where she will research using breast milk to detect risk of breast cancer and new detection methods and therapies for breast cancer.   Read more »

81st Annual Bay State Livestock Classic scheduled for April 9, 2016

Join us at the 81st Bay State Livestock Classic! Four classes of animal shows to attend: Goats, Sheep, Horses and Cows. Petting zoo with baby kids and lambs! Free Admission, Free Parking!      Read more »

Dr. Bassa wins Wagner Award

Lotfi M. Bassa, has won the Professor Heldebert Wagner Award from the journal Phytomedicine, for the best article by a young researcher published in it between July 2014 and January 2016.  Bassa earned his Ph.D. in Animal Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences in 2015.     Read more »

Kick-off Meeting of the “European Joint Doctorate in Biology and Technology of Reproductive Health”

Dr. Ana Maria Salicioni, of the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department, attended the Kick-off Meeting of the “European Joint Doctorate in Biology and Technology of Reproductive Health” Consortium held February 1-2, 2016 at the University of Murcia, Spain.   Read more »

Getting Involved in Research and Unraveling the Honors Thesis

The Honors Director and Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Seniors share their honors and research experiences on Thursday, February 25th, 5:30-6:45 pm in ISB 427L.  Free pizza, salad and cookies.   Read more »