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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


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Veterinary and Animal Sciences Snapshot/Department at a Glance

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst

 

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News & Announcements

Science Scene: ‘Equine behavior and learning theory’

Science-based approaches improve horse training.   Read more »

Ph.D. Candidate Edward Murenzi Wins Poster Competition

Edward Murenzi, a Ph.D. candidate in molecular and cellular biology and veterinary and animal sciences, was awarded first place in the Agrochemical Division poster competition at the 256th national meeting of the American Chemical Society held Aug. 19-23 in Boston.   Read more »

Rachel Blasko Receives Farm Credit East Scholarship

Rachel Blasko, of Northborough, Massachusetts plans a career as a large animal veterinarian.   Read more »

Snoeyenbos Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Awarded to Agnes Cheong

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is pleased to announce that Agnes Cheong has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Snoeyenbos Award for Excellence in Graduate Research.   Read more »

Hong Fellowship Awarded to Goli Ardestani

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is pleased to announce that Goli Ardestani has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Frances and Chou-Chu Hong, DVM, PhD Graduate Fellowship in Veterinary and Animal Sciences.   Read more »

Dr. Gradil will speak at the American Association of Equine Practioners annual convention.

Dr. Gradil will speak at the American Association of Equine Practioners annual convention being held in San Francisco December 1 - 5, 2018.   Read more »