Career Information

The Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department offers many opportunities for students to make connections for career opportunities.  Please use the following links to learn more.

UMass Career Services -

CNS is committed to helping students gain experiential learning opportunities and professional training to prepare for meaningful careers in the sciences.

Come to us to learn about field experience opportunities and strategies to increase your visible value to employers well before you graduate. Take your next step today to a fulfilling career in the sciences tomorrow!

Join Handshake!

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The College of Natural Sciences Career Center is now on Handshake, the leading career platform. Handshake allows you to find internships, jobs and co-ops, and to get personal recommendations of opportunities based on your interests, skills, major, location preferences, and search history. In addition, Handshake will tell you about all UMass Amherst recruiting events, career fairs, workshops and other helpful career resources.

To Join Handshake, log in and complete your profile now. (link is external)

Use these Handshake Tips when setting up your profile.

CNS Career Services includes Career Coaching, Walk-In Resume Reviews with Career Peer Advisors, Career Guides, Big Interview Training System, Mock Interviews, UMass & CNS Job/Internship Database, Career Fairs, Networking Opportunities, CNS Career & Professional Development Workshops and more!

•Walk-in to meet with a Career Peer Advisors, 10-5, M-F (during Academic Year), CNS Career Center, Morrill III, Room 215. No appointment necessary!

Connect with an Alumni Advisor. UMass Alumni Advisors program is a quick and easy online platform that facilitates one-to-one career conversations.  Senior Medical Science Liaison Niccole Larsen ’01 imparts her knowledge of biotech and pharmaceutical research as an Alumni Advisor. As an expert in her field who understands the value of mentorship, Larsen states, “One of the things I talk about when I mentor is the importance of showcasing the value you bring to a position and how other people can build a relationship with you based on that. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people who may be in a position that you might want and ask for an informational interview. Many people think that’s really forward, but you need to take ownership of your career path, and that’s the right way to do it.”

Recommended Career Search Engines

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Careers in Animal Science

Additional Programs

smarston [at] vasci [dot] umass [dot] edu (Sue Marston), PhD is available by appointment to assist VASCI students with identifying and applying to potential jobs and internships as well as résumé and cover letter writing.

Be wary of fraudulent job postings!

If an offer or posting seems “too good to be true,” be cautious. “False contacts” can masquerade under a legitimate company name.  Watch for misspellings, extra letters, phrases, etc. that are added to emails or website addresses or overzealous “recruiters”.                         


i.   Never give out any personal or banking information.

ii.  Never agree to deposit a check or money order into your bank account from a company to start the work.

iii. Never agree to send money to another individual.

iv. Legitimate company contacts will never ask you do any of these things.

If an employer asks you to do any of the above, stop all contact and please contact UMass Career Services immediately at 413-545-2224, and forward any suspicious emails to careerservices@

The job and internship postings on the UMass Amherst Handshake site is a service for businesses and University of Massachusetts Amherst students and alumni. Business owners are responsible for reporting information fairly and accurately, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, its Trustees, Officers, employees, and agents cannot and do not guarantee the completeness or accuracy of such information. Inclusion of any job or internship on this website does not constitute, and shall not be construed or reported as: (1) an endorsement or approval by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, its Trustees, Officers, employees, and agents of the company, or its business practices; or (2) a warranty or representation by the University of Massachusetts Amherst as to the quality, integrity, legitimacy or other features of such company and/or its owners or agent(s).

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, its Trustees, Officers, and employees make no warranties or representations regarding the quality, integrity, legitimacy, safety, suitability or other features of such listings and/or the businesses/companies, and expressly disclaim any and all responsibility for any problems and/or claims that may arise with regard to such listings, or with regard to disputes between users and third party businesses or companies posting on this site concerning such job or internship listings. All students are encouraged to exercise their own good judgment when evaluating a prospective job or internship.