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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 »

Tours of VASCI facilities
Tours are offered at 10:00 a.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 Hadley Farm.  Please contact John Balise to arrange for a tour.

Campus tours are also available through undergraduate admissions.


News & Announcements

Laura Acevedo & Axl the emuScience Day 2014

The annual Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department Science Day will be held Thursday, May 1 on the fourth floor of the Integrated Sciences Building.  Honors Theses Presentations will begin at 8:15 am in Conference Room 427L.  Lunch will be served at 12:45 pm.  Posters will be presented from 2:00 - 4:00pm in the Atrium.  Abstracts will be posted in the 427East Reception Area.   Read more »

Commencement Celebration

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences will be hosting a Commencement Celebration for all graduating seniors and their families on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 12:00 am to 3:00 pm in the First Floor Atrium of the Integrated Sciences Building.   Read more »

Senior Celebration

Please join us for the College of Natural Sciences “Senior Celebration” Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm in the Mullins Center.   Read more »

Cynthia Baldwin, PhDDr. Cynthia Baldwin selected as the 2014 Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Cynthia Baldwin was recently selected as the 2014 Distinguished Lecturer by the Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate program at the University of Florida.  Dr. Baldwin presented “The role of a new family pattern recognition receptor (WC1) in activation of bovine γδ T cells and promotion of vaccine efficacy” at the Twelfth Annual Research Symposium of the Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate program at the University of Florida held in Mount Dora, Florida April 11 &12.   Read more »

Katie Wilson & Chelsey MullenEarly Acceptance to Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is very pleased to announce that Katie Wilson ‘16 and Chelsey Mullen ‘16 have been selected for Early Acceptance to Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Katie and Chelsey are two of the four applicants who were selected from the entire applicant pool.   Read more »

Dr. Salicioni to speak at American Society of Andrology's annual conference

Ana María Salicioni, Ph.D. has been invited to speak at the  Basic Science Workshop on “Assessing Male Reproductive Function in the Laboratory” organized by the American Society of Andrology, on April 5, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Salicioni’s presentation will be “Experimental Approaches to Study Phosphorylation Pathways in Sperm Capacitation”;  she will speak during Session 3:  New Tools and Approaches to Drug Discovery.   Read more »