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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.

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences is seeking an Assistant Professor of Immunology.

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

The Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department will be offering an Information Session and Facilities Tour on Friday December 6. Information Sessions and Facilities Tours dates for 2020 have not yet been set, please check back or email VASCI [at] umass [dot] edu. Reservations are required as seating is limited, please contact us at VASCI [at] umass [dot] edu or 413-545-0666 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.

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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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.



News & Announcements

Morgane Golan Recognized as Rising Researcher

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 »

Bioanalytical Chemist is Inventing New DNA-based Probes

Assistant professor Mingxu You, chemistry, recently received a five-year, $1.9 million NIH Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) to fund his research in developing new tools – DNA-based probes – to quantify intercellular mechanical forces and understand a variety of mechano-sensitive cell signaling events at the molecular level.   Read more »

UMass Amherst-led Cross-disciplinary Research Examines Fertility Impacts of Male Environmental Exposure

A cross-disciplinary team of scientists, led by University of Massachusetts Amherst environmental epigeneticist Richard Pilsner, will use a three-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to expand research into the impact of phthalate exposure on male fertility.   Read more »

VASCI is seeking Tenure Track Assistant Professor in the thematic area of "Engineering Immune Responses"

The Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (VASCI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with the goal of preventing the establishment of disease, developing treatments for existing diseases or creating conditions that improve human and animal health.   Read more »

Barbara OsborneBarbara Osborne, PhD Appointed Distinguished Professor

Barbara Osborne has been appointed a Distinguished Professor by the UMass Board of Trustees.   Read more »

Constance AngelouConstance Angelou wins American Association of Immunologists Young Investigator Award

The Young Investigator Award of the American Association of Immunologists was awarded to Constance Angelou, PhD ’22 at the annual New England Immunology Conference held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts on October 12 and 13, 2019.   Read more »