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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 October 5, November 2 and December 7. 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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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.
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Hadley Farm Shuttle Bus Schedule - due to the current circumstances, there is no shuttle service.   

VASCI Department Research Labs Reopening Best Practices



News & Announcements

Virtual Screening of "Picture A Scientist"

Dipika Nandi, Doctoral Student in the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department is hosting a Virtual Screening of Picture A Scientist.   Read more »

Information about UMass and COVID 19

Information about UMass and COVID 19 is constantly being updated; for answers to your questions and additional updates please check the following.   Read more »

Iana Garcia Awarded Gilman International Scholarship

VASCI student, Iana Garcia has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.   Read more »

Pobezinsky Receives NIH Grant to Investigate RNA and T-cells

Immunologist Leonid Pobezinsky, veterinary and animal sciences, recently received a five-year, $2.7 million grant from the NIH’s National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study specialized microRNA and T-cells.   Read more »

Morgane Golan has been published in the Backyard Poultry Magazine.

Morgane (BS – pre-veterinary science ’20) describes the VASCI Poultry Management class for readers and gives them an inside look at how our students are directly involved in the care and management of the poultry flock each semester.   Read more »

Study Finds New Mentoring Model Supports Underrepresented Minority Women Faculty in STEM

Results of a new experiment by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggest that an online mutual-mentoring model called “Amplifying Voices” can create “trusting and supportive environments” among underrepresented minority women in STEM across academic institutions.   Read more »