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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.

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

Fall 2020 Animal Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences
Graduate Program Seminar Series

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

Virtual Information Sessions and Facilities Tours will be offered at 5:30pm on December 14. Reservations are required to receive the Zoom link, please contact us at vasci [at] umass [dot] edu to register to participate. The Information Session and Facilities Tour last approximately two hours and will include breakout rooms for each major and a video tour of the Hadley Farm Equine and Livestock Research and Education Center. 

Virtual Campus Tours are available through the Undergraduate Admissions office.

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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News & Announcements

Osborne, and Team Seeking a New Treatment for Autoimmune Diseases

Barbara Osborne, veterinary and animal sciences, and a small team of colleagues involved in the startup medical research firm HasenTech recently were awarded two grants to advance their investigation of an exopolysaccharide (EPS), a sugar found on the surface of the bacterium Bacillis subilis. It can suppress an immune response and if translatable to use in humans, it holds promise of offering a new treatment for such conditions as irritable bowel disease (IBD) and other autoimmune diseases.   Read more »

VASCI regrets the passing of Dr. Alan Schneyer

Dr. Alan Schneyer, adjunct faculty member passed away on November 18, 2020.   Read more »

Sydney Hastain '18 presents at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Sydney Hastain (VASCI class of 2018) recently presented a cytology case of equine endometritis caused by Coccidioides posadasii hyphae at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP).   Read more »

Alfandari Lab seeks Research Technicain

Full time technical support position funded through multiple NIH grants.   Read more »

Dr. Gradil Provides Expert Assistance with Pygmy Hippo Pregnancy and Delivery at Franklin Park Zoo

“The calf was immediately so bright, strong and aware, and was holding his head up right away. The calf was introduced to his mother, Cleo soon after birth and was nursing within a few hours,” said Dr. Eric Baitchman, Zoo New England Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation.   Read more »

UMass Hadley Farm Erects New Structure to Store Hay

The UMass Hadley Farm has erected a new 30ftx100ft clear span structure to store hay.   Read more »