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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. The Department values an open and inclusive environment that celebrates the diversity of our students and staff.


Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Information Sessions & Tours of VASCI Facilities

Information Sessions and Facilities Tours for the Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary Science and Veterinary Technology majors will be offered July 18 and August 8. Reservations are required as seating is limited, please contact us at vasci [at] umass [dot] edu to register to participate.

Campus Tours are available through the Undergraduate Admissions office. UMass Amherst Campus maps and directions.

To learn more about the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department’s Undergraduate program, please access our Frequently Asked Questions.


Summer Pre-College courses for rising junior and senior high school students in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Equine Science, and Veterinary Technology.

Summer Courses - Wildlife Reproduction, Small Animal Nursing, Equine, Cattle, and Companion Animal Nutrition, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Large Animal Clinical Nursing, and Introduction to Veterinary Technology. Register through University Without Walls.

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News & Announcements

Spring 2022 Dean's List

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is pleased to congratulate our Dean’s List students.   Read more »

Veterinary Technology Program awards Eleven Scholarships

May 2022 The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is pleased to announce the 2022 Veterinary Technology Scholarship Awards.   Read more »

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 2022 Scholarship Awards

May 2022 The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is pleased to announce the 2022 Scholarship Awards.   Read more »

grad. retreat 22VASCI Research Retreat

On May 26th, the VASCI department convened at the Terrrazza Country Club in Greenfield, MA for a bi-annual research retreat.   Read more »

Chincoteague, VirginiaVASCI Students Provide Veterinary Care to a Herd of Feral Horses

This past semester a group of animal science students travelled to Chincoteague, Virginia with Dr. Nuno Carreiro and helped provide veterinary care to a feral herd of horses.   Read more »

Dr. Carlos GradilCarlos Gradil receives $25,000 Technology Development Fund Award

University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan announced that ten UMass system faculty research projects will each receive up to $25,000 from the Technology Development Fund, which helps to commercialize scientific breakthroughs throughout the five-campus University of Massachusetts system.   Read more »