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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.

Beltie students win award

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. The Information Session and Tour 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.

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Pre-Veterinary Medicine Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst


News & Announcements

Kim TremblayKimberly D. Tremblay, PhD to speak at the Harvard Digestive Diseases Center Spring Syposium

“Inducing the liver: all hepatoblasts are not created equally” will be the title of Dr. Tremblay’s presentation.       Read more »

NESA Team wins 50 ribbons and Second Place in Overall Competition

On February 25th the UMass NESA Teams traveled to the University of Rhode Island and competed in the annual NESA competition. Our 28 students did an amazing job, bringing home Second Place and a total of 50 ribbons, far more than any other school.   Read more »

Jesse Mager to present at UMass Alumni Life Sciences Networking Social

Dr. Mager’s presentation How DNA Remembers Where It Came From, will address how comprehensive genome sequencing has the potential to dramatically improve our understanding of the genetic underpinnings of normal biology and disease states. Dr. Mager will also discuss strategies to understand how epigenetic information is regulated, interpreted, and maintained during early development.   Read more »

Innovation Challenge Finalist - Visconti Lab

VASCI PhD candidate, Felipe Navarrete with primary investigator Pablo Visconti, Ana Maria Salicioni, and David Martin will be pitching StarSperm, a product that addresses male fertility issues at the Berthiaume Center’s 12th annual Innovation Challenge.   Read more »

Graduate Student Awards

Sandy Roy of the Riley Lab and Jeff Doherty of the Clarke Lab have been nominated for the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. A faculty committee selected these students based on being in the top 10% of their cohort for GPA, as well as seniority and difficulty of courses taken. The travel grant awardees were selected by a committee of faculty and will go to Alie Gillespie of the Baldwin Lab and Agnes Cheong of the Mager Lab.   Read more »

Discover Honors and Research

VASCI students - Make the most of your undergraduate career by getting involved in research and beginning your path to a capstone thesis. Attend an informational meeting on March 2, 6:00-7:15 pm in ISB 427L. Pizza & cookies provided!   Read more »