Outreach Programs

The Veterinary & Animal Sciences Department is offering
Summer Pre-College courses for rising junior and senior high school students in
Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology Summer Pre-College at UMass Mt. Ida Campus in Newton

The Veterinary Technology Summer Pre-College program invites rising junior and senior high school students to work with faculty from the UMass Veterinary Technology Program to discover various aspects of the Veterinary profession and the role of the veterinary technician within the larger context of veterinary medicine and animal care. This hands-on course offers two sequential one-week options.

Registration and additional information  
Week 1: July 10 - July 16, 2022
Week 2: July 17 - 23, 2022

In week 1 (Section 1), students will receive an introduction to the world of the veterinary technician and career options available within the profession, learn to use appropriate medical terminology, study basic animal anatomy and physiology through guided dissection, and discuss normal behaviors and behavioral concerns of domestic animals.

In week 2 (Section 2), students will consider the different breeds of domestic animal species, examine companion animal diseases and their prevention, study common animal parasites and their control, explore handling, husbandry and diseases of Large Animal species, and investigate the production and clinical uses of X-rays, radiographs, and other forms of diagnostic imaging.

Monday- Friday: 9:00am - 4:00 pm with a break for lunch

Each lesson module is taught by faculty in the UMass Veterinary Technology program. Students will have guided dissection practice, learn appropriate use of microscope and veterinary clinical laboratory techniques, field trips including a trip to the UMass Hadley Farm for large animal handling.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst   

June 26 - July 2, 2022

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program is an immersion experience for rising junior and senior high school students seeking to learn about (1) the field of veterinary medicine,  (2) the steps involved in successfully completing a pre-veterinary undergraduate program and becoming a competitive candidate for applying to veterinary school, and (3) the time and financial commitments involved in choosing this career path.

This one-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 attend lectures, and complete rotations in basic comparative anatomy and physiology, animal handling and restraint, and overviews of veterinary pharmacology, clinical pathology, parasitology, diagnostic imaging, obstetrics, and wound management.

The schedule for the program consists of short lectures and discussions on the UMass main campus in addition to hands-on modules at the University’s Hadley and South Deerfield Farms. During hands-on modules, students will interact with Polled Dorset sheep, Boer goats, Belted Galloway cattle, and horses.  There will also be off-campus field trips and academic games. 

You will:

  • recognize and use some basic veterinary terminology. 
  • explain basic mammalian and avian cardiac, respiratory, digestive, skeletal, and reproductive anatomy and physiology.
  • perform livestock handling, restraint, and basic physical assessments.
  • describe some common veterinary therapeutics and the laws regarding their use.
  • understand fundamentals of diagnostic imaging (radiography, ultrasonography, CT, and MRI) and perform a transabdominal reproductive ultrasound examination on a sheep.
  • describe basic similarities and differences between zoo, wildlife, and exotic animal care and management.
  • develop a personalized plan of action (completion of academic requirements and animal experiences) for becoming a competitive veterinary school applicant.
In addition to the enrollment fee, there is a $50 supply fee which includes coveralls and a clipboard for each student. These supplies will be distributed on the first day of the program, and students will take them home at the end of the program.
Students must bring their own washable rubber boots to the program. The boots should go up to at least the mid-calf.


  • In your letter of interest, describe your animal-related experiences, your long-term career goals, and what you hope to gain from the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Summer Pre-College class.
  • In the letter of recommendation, ask your recommender to address your ability to remain focused and handle the rigors of an intense 1-week academic immersion course.
Important Safety Information
Due to the physical activities involved in this program and the interaction with large animals, students are required to sign a Liability Release Form prior to attending this program. Participants under the age of 18 years old will need a parent or a guardian signature on the Liability Release Form. The Liability Release Form must be notarized by a notary public and returned to UMass prior to arrival for the program.

Consult your physician to determine whether or not you should participate in this program involving animals and work in barns with dust and pollen if you have allergies, a compromised immune system, or if you are pregnant.

Work will often be outdoors or in barns. Therefore, appropriate attire is required, including coveralls and washable rubber boots. For compliance with biosecurity requirements, clean coveralls and boots are expected at the beginning of each class. When work is done, boots and coveralls must be disinfected on the farm.

Equine Sciene Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst

The Equine Science program is a two-week - July 24 - Aug 6, 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 reproduction, stable management, nutrition basics, and farrier science.

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, ground-work training, and management topics. The equine science summer pre-college experience concludes with presentation of student case studies. The purpose of this final assignment is to tie together all of the knowledge and skills students have gained and synthesize it into a reflective project that looks at the scientific and practical applications of caring for horses. Students will focus on their adopted horse from the different perspectives of stable manager, veterinarian, and trainer.

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.