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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.

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is proud to congratulate the Class of 2021!

Please enjoy our VASCI Class of 2021 Celebratory Video recognizing our
Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Science Majors.

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is proud to congratulate the graduates of the Veterinary Technology Program.

Information for Becker College Students

        BS-Vet Tech majors: contact ajrubin [at] umass [dot] edu (Dr. Amy Rubin)
                Vet Tech Major Checklist for Becker Students

        BS-Pre-Vet/BS-Animal Science majors: contact telfer [at] umass [dot] edu (Dr. Janice Telfer )
                Pre-vet Major Checklist for Becker Students
                Animal Science Major Checklist for Becker Students

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

If you are interested in learning more about our program please click here to view our Virtual Information Session and Facilities Tour. We will be offering Question and Answer sessions soon. Reservations are required to receive the Zoom link, please contact us at vasci [at] umass [dot] edu to register to participate.

Vet Tech Major - a Virtual Information Session and Facilities Tour will be offered soon. Reservations are required to receive the Zoom link, please contact us at vasci [at] umass [dot] edu to register to participate.

Virtual Campus Tours are available through the Undergraduate Admissions office.

Spring 2021 Schedule ABBS Graduate Program Seminar Series

Summer Pre-College Programs at UMass Discover pre-college opportunities for high school students.

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine program is an immersion experience for high school students seeking to learn about (1) the field of veterinary medicine, (2) the steps involved in successfully completing a pre-veterinary undergraduate program and becoming a competitive candidate for applying to veterinary school, and (3) the time and financial commitments involved in choosing this career path.

The Equine Science Intensive: Horse Pregnancy & Foaling program allows students to learn in depth about the field of equine science, with a focus on horse pregnancy and foaling.

The Veterinary Technology program allows students to work with UMass faculty and learn about the profession of veterinary technician.

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

Science Day 2021 - Undergraduate Research Presentations

Thirteen VASCI Undergraduate Students presented their research on May 5.   Read more »

Defining the Role of RBBP4 in Oocyte Maturation and Preimplantation Development using Trim-away

Holly Barletta, MS Candidate in the Cui Lab will present her Master’s Thesis on Tuesday, May 11th, 4-5 PM. Join via Zoom.   Read more »

Tracy Blais elected as the AVMA CVTEA Chair

The Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department is pleased to announce that Tracy Blais has been elected to serve as the Chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.   Read more »

EweMass Wool Blankets Available for Purchase

The EweMass Wool Blankets are now available!  Woven in Massachusetts from wool produced in Massachusetts, the blankets contain at least 20 percent wool from sheep at the UMass Amherst Hadley Farm; the blankets also include wool from sheep belonging to alumni or families of alumni.   Read more »

Meet the New Class .... of UMass Amherst Lambs

Last month, 32 lambs and five kids were born at the UMass Farm, watch the video of the new lambs.   Read more »

Information for Becker College Students

Information for Becker College Students   Read more »