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Recent Graduates
Class of 2018, thirty-three of 78 or 42% of VASCI students graduating applied and were accepted into veterinary medical school (25) or graduate school (8). Cornell 2, UCDavis: 1, Iowa: 1, Lincoln: 1, Midwestern: 1, Minnesota: 1,Missouri: 1, Ohio: 3, Tufts: 10,  Virginia-Maryland: 1, Western: 1, Edinburgh: 1, St. George’s: 1. Eight students will be attending graduate programs.

News From the Farms

Cris Amanda quints April 17Dorset sheep are known to give birth to one, two or maybe three lambs at once. However, on April 7, one of the Hadley farm’s ewes easily delivered not three or four, but five healthy lambs!

Beltie Mother and Daughter give birth on the same day! On June 20 Satin, our 11 year-old beltie, delivered a 55 pound heifer calf. Thirty minutes before her mom delivered, Satin’s 4 year-old daughter, Sadie, delivered a heifer calf. Both cows and calves are doing well. On July 17 Martini gave birth to her first calf; Mimosa weighed in at 64 pounds with a beautiful belt. Students assisted UMass veterinarian, Katie Beltaire with the delivery of a large heifer calf during the night of July 22. This was our oldest cow’s (Dori’s) eighth calving. We’re especially excited because this is Dori’s first heifer calf. The students named the calf UMass Darla.


NESA 2017The UMass NESA Teams will travel to the University of Delaware February 22-24, 2019 and compete in the annual NESA competition.


Dairy Calf Management Class

Courtney BabcockWatch the video of VASCI students, Dr. Hulyer and Dr. Duby at Devine Farm.


Updates from Graduates

arena classroomUMass Hadley Farm Arena Classroom Renovated

This classroom provides an excellent space at the Hadley Farm facility for Animal Science students to learn the hands-on practical skills pertaining to the daily management and welfare of the student-run UMass Boer Goat herd, Dorset Sheep herd, Equine herd and poultry flock.   Read more »

VASCI Alum, Kristina O'Keefe Accepts Position as North Attleboro Animal Control Officer/Shelter Director

Kristina O’Keefe earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science here in 2015. In October of 2017 she shared this story with her former academic advisor, Kathleen Arcaro, saying “I hope this just provides another option for future students.”   Read more »

Inca llamaHappy 23rd Birthday to Inca!

The UMass Hadley Farm’s llama, Inca celebrated her 23rd Birthday on December 5.   Read more »

Dr. Nuno Carreiro, DVM

Dr. Carreiro (UMass, AS1998, BS 2001, MS 2002) has joined the faculty of Becker College School of Animal Studies.   Read more »

Frances and Chou-Chu Hong Graduate Fellowship in Veterinary and Animal Sciences Established

Dr. Chou-Chu Hong, who earned his Ph.D. at UMass Amherst in Veterinary and Animal Sciences in 1973, has brought international distinction to his alma mater.   Read more »

Shijun Zheng, DVM,PhD.

Dr. Zheng 2000 is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the Department of Preventive Veterinary Medicine College of Veterinary Medicine at China Agricultural University.   Read more »