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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.

For TRANSFER STUDENTS and INCOMING FRESHMEN -
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.


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

VASCI announces the passing of Dr. Anthony Borton

Dr. Anthony Borton, retired faculty member passed away on his 88th brithday, June 6, 2021.   Read more »

Early Acceptance to Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

June 2021 Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University has offered early acceptance to three Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department sophomore students: Haley Bernardo, Sydney Doherty and Catherine Lee.   Read more »

Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 2021 Scholarship Awards

May 2021 The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is pleased to announce the 2021 Scholarship Awards.   Read more »

New Graduate Program Director

VASCI welcomes Dr. Kathleen Arcaro as the new Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences (ABBS) Graduate Program Director.   Read more »

Kate Loonie Recognized as Rising Researcher

May 2021 - The Rising Researcher program celebrates undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity. It is awarded in recognition of their demonstrated ingenuity and impact in their fields of study.   Read more »

Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Science Graduate Program Graduates

May 2021 -  The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is proud to congratulate the 2021 graduates of our Animal Biotechnology and Biomedical Science Graduate Program.   Read more »