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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. Department at a Glance

quadruplet lambs born 9/3/14

Tours of VASCI facilities
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 John Balise to register to participate in one of the tours of VASCI facilities.

The UMass Admissions Office will hold Spring Open Houses in February, March and April.

April Visit Days for Admitted Students 
Congratulations on your admission to UMass Amherst!
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions invites you and your family to attend one of our April Visit Days for Admitted First-Year Students to learn more about the University and all we have to offer. There are a variety of ways to visit campus. Please click here to read about the options and register for an event. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!

Campus tours are also available through the Undergraduate Admissions office.


News & Announcements

80th Bay State Livestock Classic makes front page news!

The Bay State Livestock Classic was featured on the front page of the Daily Hampshire Gazette and in Morning Ag clips.   Read more »

John Deere GatorNew Utility Vehicle for the Hadley Farm

From April 6th to April 30th, friends and members of the UMass Veterinary and Animal Science (VASCI) community are taking up the challenge to raise $9000 for a John Deere Gator for use by the Livestock Program at the Hadley Farm. To jump-start this effort, the UMass Center for Agriculture has already committed $4500! Therefore, our goal is to raise the remaining $4500. Please go to https://minutefund.umass.edu/gator to watch our video and make your donation.   Read more »

80th Annual Bay State Livestock Classic

The 80th Annual Bay State Livestock Classic will take place Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Hadley Farm, 111 North Maple Street in Hadley.  The event is free and open to the public!   Read more »

Science Night - April 23, 2015

The annual Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department Science Night will be held Thursday, April 23 on the fourth floor of the Integrated Sciences Building.  Honors Theses Presentations will begin at 4:00 pm in Conference Room 427L.  Refreshments will be served at 6:00 pm. Abstracts will be posted in the reception area.  Posters will be presented from 4:00 - 6:30pm in the Atrium.   Read more »

Sandra Petersen selected by President Obama for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring

President Obama today named fourteen individuals and one organization as the newest recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). These mentors will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.   Read more »

23 students50th Annual A.I. Class

Twenty-three VASCI students travelled to the Cargill Meat Solutions Processing Plant in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania from March 17 through 19 and earned Cattle Artificial Insemination Certification from Select Sire Power.   Read more »