Amy J. Rubin

Amy Rubin, DVM

Veterinary Technology Program Director


Pronouns: she, her, hers

Office phone: 413-687-3031

Email: ajrubin [at] umass [dot] edu

Office location: 427ZB ISB

Mailing address:

661 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003

D.V.M. 2005 - The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
B.S. 2001 - UMass Amherst

ANIMLSCI 105 - Introduction to Veterinary Technology
ANIMLSCI 115 - Large Animal Clinical Nursing

UMass Amherst Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology

The Veterinary and Animal Sciences department at UMass Amherst is now adding a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology to its current nationally and internationally known majors, starting in the academic year 2020-21. Students applying to UMass Amherst can choose from the BS-Vet Tech, BS-Animal Science (Animal Management, Biotechnology and Equine Science concentrations) and BS-Pre-Veterinary Science degree programs.

The BS-Vet Tech program provides students with the opportunity to spend two years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus learning in state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and farms, followed by two years near Boston in the dedicated Veterinary Technology facility at the UMass Amherst-Mt. Ida campus in Newton, Massachusetts.

Students graduating from UMass Amherst’s BS-Vet Tech program will be prepared for a career as a veterinary technologist in veterinary medicine or biomedical research.

Application to UMass Amherst is through the Common App for non-binding Early Action and Regular Decision deadlines.

Veterinary Technology Major
Suggested Sequence of Classes

Freshman Year - UMass Amherst campus
ANIMLSCI 105 Intro to Veterinary Technology
BIOLOGY 151 Introductory Biology I
MATH 104 Pre-Calculus
General Education Course
First Year Seminar
ANIMLSCI 115 Large Animal Clinical Nursing
BIOLOGY 152/153 Introductory Biology II with lab
CHEM 111 General Chemistry with lab
ENGLWRIT 112 College Writing

Sophomore Year - UMass Amherst Campus
ANIMLSCI 220 Anatomy and Physiology
ANIMLSCI 260 Animal Welfare
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II
STAT 111 or STAT 240 or RESECON 212 Statistics
ANIMLSCI 285 Cellular and Molecular Biology
ANIMLSCI 355 Veterinary Clinical Lab techniques
ANIMLSCI 375 Veterinary Microbiology
General Education Course
Open elective

Junior Year - UMass Amherst- Mt. Ida Campus, Newton
ANIMLSCI 415 Clinical Nursing
ANIMLSCI 425 Parasitology
ANIMLSCI 435 Veterinary Pharmacology
ANIMLSCI 475 Veterinary Pathology
ANIMLSCI 225 Anatomy lab for Vet Tech
ANIMLSCI 465 Diagnostic Imaging
ANIMLSCI 485 Small Animal Anesthesia and Surgery
NATSCI 387 CNS Junior Writing

Senior Year - UMass Amherst- Mt. Ida Campus, Newton
ANIMLSCI 494IE Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in Veterinary Medicine
ANIMLSCI 405 Veterinary Management
ANIMLSCI 455V Laboratory Animal Medicine and Management I
ANIMLSCI 335 Equine, Cattle and Companion Animal Nutrition
ANIMLSCI 492V Senior Seminar
ANIMLSCI 498V Internships at Veterinary Clinics or Research Animal Facilities
ANIMLSCI 456V Laboratory Animal Medicine and Management II or Exotics
Open Elective

Course sequencing is suggested and may be altered based on individual student needs