Undergraduate Student Handbook

University of Massachusetts Amherst Academic Calendar 2018-2020

Veterinary and Animal Sciences Undergraduate Student Handbook 2019-2020


This Undergraduate Handbook has been prepared to introduce prospective students to programs in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and to inform incoming and current students of the requirements of the curriculum. Our program includes a combination of courses that meet general education requirements, writing, basic physical and biological sciences. The curriculum in the Pre-Veterinary major meets the requirements of Veterinary Colleges, Medical Colleges and Graduate Schools (for DVM, Masters and Ph.D. programs). The curriculum in the Animal Science major offers a variety of specialized courses that prepare students for careers in many fields and broadens the educational experience of students.

Since individuals have special interests, the departmental faculty encourages students to interact with the faculty to develop a program of study that meets their career objectives. This interaction is an on-going process but formal meetings between faculty members and advisees are scheduled in both the Fall and Spring semesters when students are required to meet with their advisor during pre-registration for the next semester. To avoid disappointment, it is important that students entering our Department understand that we offer primarily a science-based program that presents the opportunity to gain experience with species relevant to traditional animal science programs. It is not a clinical program in veterinary medicine and thus does not offer small animal, exotic animal or wildlife experiences, nor is it the appropriate program for those interested in production agriculture.