Outreach Programs

We regret to say that in efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, UMass Summer Programs has suspended all in-person programs for summer 2020.

The Veterinary & Animal Sciences Department is offering three Summer Pre-College courses.  Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Equine Science will be held on the Amherst campus and a new Veterinary Technology Summer Pre-College course will be held on the Mt. Ida campus in Newton, Massachusetts.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst   
June 28 - July 11, 2020. This two-week program includes an overview of the veterinary profession and the academic preparation and animal experience required for becoming a competitive applicant to veterinary school. Students will complete hands-on rotations in basic comparative anatomy and physiology, animal handling and restraint, and overviews of veterinary pharmacology, parasitology, biosecurity, diagnostic imaging, and obstetrics.

Equine Science Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst
July 19 - August 1, 2020. The Equine Science program is a two-week intensive program for motivated young adults seeking to explore what it takes to succeed in the horse industry, and in doing so, challenge themselves to become better horsemen and future leaders in the equine profession. 

Each day, students will join a small group of their peers for hands-on practicums and workshops at the university’s Hadley Farm Equine Center. UMass faculty, visiting equine professionals, and of course, the horses themselves will all play a role in the learning experience. The program will begin with instruction on horse behavior and safety training. Students will explore topics in equine veterinary medicine, breeds and conformation, stable and pasture management, nutritional regimes, foaling basics, and equine business concepts. In addition, each student will adopt one of the farm’s horses for the duration of the program and work intensively with that horse on a variety of equine care, training, and management topics. Students will develop their horsemanship skills by working directly with our university trainer. Please note, this is not a riding program; students will be learning systematic training techniques for young horses and horses in rehabilitation programs.

Veterinary Technology Summer Pre-College at UMass Mt. Ida campus in Newton, Massachusetts                        
Session 1:July 13-17, 2020
Session 2: July 20-24, 2020
Commuter program - 9am - 4pm, Monday – Friday

The Veterinary Technology Summer Pre-College program invites rising junior and senior high school students to discover various aspects of the Veterinary Technology profession and the role of the veterinary technician within the larger context of veterinary medicine and animal care.  During this five-day experience, students will work with faculty from the UMass Veterinary Technology Program.  This commuter program will be based on the UMass Mount Ida campus in Newton, MA, but will include area field trips to broaden the student experience. 

Students in this program will explore facets of the practice of small animal veterinary medicine on the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst in Newton, MA.  Rotations on this campus will focus on animal behavior, anatomy of domestic animal species, laboratory clinical diagnostic procedures, radiographic and other diagnostic imaging techniques, anesthesia methods and monitoring, small animal surgery, and other aspects of the practice of veterinary medicine. 

Students will travel to the main campus in Amherst to work with livestock on the UMass Hadley farm.  Field trips are planned as a part of the program to expose students to the practice of emergency and specialty veterinary medicine as well as aspects of animal care and the veterinary profession outside of private clinical practice.  Planned destinations include a large emergency, critical care, and specialty veterinary medical practice as well as behind the scenes exploration of an area zoo.

Equine Reproductive Services                                                              

The Veterinary & Animal Sciences Department offers Equine Reproductive Services.

Horses for Sale - UMass has several horses available to be purchased and adopted.


CAFE - The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst integrates research and outreach education in agriculture, food systems and the environment. The Center is the contemporary standard bearer of the university’s land-grant origins. It provides linkages from the University with vibrant business, policy and public interest sectors in the state, including agriculture, the horticultural ‘green industries,’ environmental decisionmakers and food system interests. UMass Extension, the Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station and the Water Resources Research Center are all units of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment. The Center is based in the College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst and also works with the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Engineering.

UMass mare and foal at a breed inspection

It is our vision to offer advanced assisted reproductive techniques to horse breeders seeking maximization of the reproductive potential of fertile horses or restoration of fertility for subfertile and infertile horses in New England.

Massachusetts Pesticide Analysis Laboratory

The Massachusetts Pesticide Analysis Laboratory (MPAL) provides analytical services and scientific expertise for the regulation and enforcement of pesticide use in Massachusetts.