Outreach Programs

The Veterinary & Animal Sciences Department is offering
three Summer Pre-College courses rising junior and senior high school students:
Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Equine Science and Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology Summer Pre-College at UMass

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.

Registration and additional information  
Week 1: July 12 - July 16, 2021
Week 2: July 19 - 23, 2021

This on-line course consists of two sequential one-week options.

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:
9:30-11:30 am Synchronous meeting
12-1:30 pm Independent Study
1:30-3 pm Synchronous meeting
Note: Asynchronous work may also be assigned at completion of afternoon session.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst   

June 28 - July 2, 2021 or
July 12 - 16, 2021 (choose one)

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 on-line 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 on-line lectures, and complete remote 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.

You will:

  • recognize and use basic veterinary terminology. 
  • explain basic comparative mammalian and avian anatomy and physiology.
  • observe and practice animal handling, restraint, and physical assessments.
  • describe common veterinary therapeutics, observe and/or practice their administration, and describe laws regarding their use.
  • understand fundamentals of radiography, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, and computed tomography.
  • describe basic similarities and differences between zoo and wildlife animal care and management.
  • develop a personalized plan of action (completion of academic requirements and animal experiences) for becoming a competitive veterinary school applicant.


  • Monday - Friday
  • Morning Zoom sessions from 10:00am to 11:30am (EDT)
  • Afternoon Zoom sessions from 1pm to 2:30pm (EDT)


  • In addition to the program fee, there is a $45 materials fee which includes the mailing of supplies to your home.
  • For lab exercises, make sure to have one large stuffed animal at home (such as a dog or a cow/goat) that has a protruding muzzle (nose and mouth), floppy ears and/or horns, and legs that are at least 6 inches in length. 


  • 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.

Equine Science Summer Pre-College at UMass Amherst

This one-week program for high school students lets you learn in depth about the field of equine science, with a focus on horse pregnancy and foaling.

July 12 - 16, 2021

July 26 - 30, 2021

Join us for an online Equine Science Intensive and learn all about Horse Pregnancy & Foaling. Using real-life case studies from the UMass Hadley Farm Equine Center, you will learn how to properly manage a broodmare during her 11-month pregnancy and prepare for a new foal! You will use applied science, observational skills, and horse behavior to help predict when a foal might be born. You will also learn the three stages of labor and what to do in an emergency. Finally, you’ll be prepared for the foal’s very first veterinary exam and learn about newborn foal behavior and development. 


  • Important Terminology for Gestation & Parturition
  • Management of the Broodmare During Pregnancy: Vaccines, Feeding, Housing & Exercise
  • Stages of Foaling: Signs of Labor, Active Labor, Delivery of Placenta
  • Normal vs. Abnormal Foaling
  • Colostrum & Passive Transfer
  • Normal Foal Behavior & the 1-2-3 Rule
  • Maternal Behavior
  • The First Veterinary Visit: Foal Restraint & Physical Exam
  • Imprinting vs. Natural Learning
  • Handling, Haltering, and Leading the Foal

Prerequisite: High School Biology - Students should be familiar with genetics and mammalian reproductive anatomy and physiology

Materials: Accepted students will need to order a foal watch kit, approx. $44.00.

Schedule: Live online sessions Monday - Friday 11:00am -12:30pm and 1:30 - 2:30pm (EDT)

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.