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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.

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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 of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Information Sessions & Tours of VASCI Facilities
VASCI Information Sessions and Facilities Tours are scheduled for 1:15 pm on Fridays, November 2, 2018, December 7, 2018, February 1, 2019, and March 1, 2019. 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.  Registration is required as seating is limited, 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.
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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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News & Announcements

Agricultural Ambassadors PracticumAgricultural Ambassadors Practicum

Eleven VASCI majors served as Agricultural Ambassadors at the Big E during September.   Read more »

Poultry Show Fall 2018

The Poultry Management class taught by Hélène Cousin, PhD held its annual Poultry Show on December 4.   Read more »

Target: Breast Cancer UMass scientists investigate what causes the insidious disease and how to prevent it.

At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, researchers in many areas, backed by government organizations and private foundations, are attacking breast cancer on multiple fronts. By Judith B. Cameron ‘16G Photos by John Solem     Read more »

VASCI pays tribute to John Payne of Shelburne Falls

VASCI pays tribute to John Payne, 76, of Shelburne Falls who passed away on November 16, 2018.   Read more »

VASCI Students Place First and Second at the 2018 Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge

The 2018 Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge was held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont, November 8-10th.   Read more »

New Study by Team Led by UMass Amherst Researcher Finds GRE Scores Are Not Predictive of STEM Doctoral Degree Completion

In a new study of U.S./Permanent Resident students at state flagship research institutions published today in the journal PLOS ONE, a team of researchers led by Sandra L. Petersen of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has found convincing evidence that GRE scores are not predictive of STEM doctoral degree completion, and that relying on scores from the quantitative section (GRE Q) of the exam is likely to exclude talented students who score below arbitrarily defined “acceptable” scores, but who have other characteristics that are likely better predictors of success.   Read more »