Home page

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 at 2:30pm on October 14, November 18 and December 9. 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.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has climbed into the Top 25 of the nation’s premier public universities, coming in at No. 24 among the approximately 130 public institutions ranked in the Best Colleges 2020 guide published by U.S. News & World Report.

Watch “At UMass Amherst We Stand”

Sierra Magazine Ranks UMass Amherst No.7 among North America’s ‘Cool Schools’


News & Announcements

Janice Telfer, PhDJanice Telfer selected for Hall of Distinction

Janice Telfer, PhD and Veterinary and Animal Sciences Professor has been selected for induction to the Clinton Central School District Foundation Hall of Distinction.   Read more »

Janice Telfer, PhDJanice Telfer awarded National Institute of Food and Agriculture Grant

The  USDA- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grant of $642,000 will enable Janice Telfer, professor in the Department of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, College of Natural Sciences to advance knowledge in universal vaccine design strategies.   Read more »

Sam Nodiff '22 Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

July 26, 2022 Sam Nodiff of Elmsford, New York, has been awarded a Fellowship of $8,500 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi-the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.   Read more »

3Daughters Named Best Startup at Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day

University of Massachusetts Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences’ (IALS) startup company 3Daughters was named Best Startup at the 15th annual Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation (MALSI) Day in Boston on July 21.   Read more »

John Marshall Clark, PhDEmbryonic Exposure to Environmental Pollutants and the Risk of Diabetes

John Clark, professor of environmental toxicology in Veterinary and Animal Sciences (VASCI), and Alicia Timme-Laragy, associate professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, are part of a University of Massachusetts Amherst research team that has received a $2.44 million, five-year grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue their research into how embryonic exposure to certain common pollutants may put people at risk for diabetes and other metabolic health conditions later in life.   Read more »

ewemass sheepThe Next-Generation Lawnmower Is a Sheep

Sustainable EweMass, a remarkable collaboration with the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and the UMass Hadley Farm is testing out the possibility of transferring some of the University’s lawn-mowing duties to the UMass sheep flock.   Read more »