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          The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
                 is proud to congratulate the Class of 2020!

                        Please enjoy our VASCI Class of 2020 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 our new major,
                             Veterinary Technology!

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.

View our video to learn about the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department at UMass!

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

Information Sessions and Facilities Tours will resume when it is deemed safe to do so. Please check here for a listing. Reservations are required as seating is limited, please contact us at lwest0 [at] vasci [dot] umass [dot] edu to register to participate. 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. 

Campus tours are available through the Undergraduate Admissions office. Undergraduate Admissions has suspended all information sessions and tours.

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

Students interested in learning about the Veterinary Technology Major should make an appointment with ajrubin [at] umass [dot] edu (Dr. Amy Rubin), Veterinary Technology Program Director

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

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The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is proud to congratulate the Class of 2020!

Please go to https://www.vasci.umass.edu to view our Congratulatory videos for our Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary Science, and Veterinary Technology majors.   Read more »

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