Veterinary Technology Major

During campus restrictions due to COVID 19, Virtual Information Sessions will be available for the Veterinary Technology Program on the following dates:
September 15th at 4 pm
October 5th at 5:30pm

To register for an Information Session or for more information please email Veterinary Technology Program Director, Dr. Rubin ajrubin [at] umass [dot] edu

UMass Amherst Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology

The Veterinary and Animal Sciences department at UMass Amherst now offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology.

The BS-Vet Tech program begins with 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.

To learn more, read the BS-Vet Tech Major Frequently Asked Questions.

To Apply

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

Veterinary Technology and Animal Science are open majors, which means that students accepted by UMass Amherst can choose to enter these majors. Entry to the Pre-Veterinary Science major requires a minimum 2.700 weighted GPA in ten UMass Amherst courses or their equivalents.


   Veterinary Technology Major
Suggested Sequence of Classes

Freshman Year - UMass Amherst Campus

ANIMLSCI 105 and 105L Intro to Veterinary Technology and laboratory
BIOLOGY 151 Introductory Biology I
MATH 104 Pre-Calculus
General Education Course
First Year Seminar
ANIMLSCI 115 and 115L Large Animal Clinical Nursing and laboratory
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 RESEC 212 Statistics
ANIMLSCI 285 Cellular and Molecular Biology
ANIMLSCI 355 Veterinary Clinical Lab Techniques
ANIMLSCI 375 Veterinary Microbiology Lab and Discussion
General Education Course
Open elective

      Junior Year - UMass Amherst - Mt. Ida Campus, Newton

ANIMLSCI 415 and 415L Clinical Nursing and laboratory
ANIMLSCI 425 and 425L Parasitology and laboratory
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

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Amy Rubin, DVM
Veterinary Technology Program Director
Department of Veterinary & Animal Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
427ZB Integrated Sciences Building
661 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
ajrubin [at] umass [dot] edu

Please note:

Required attire for all Veterinary Technology lab courses includes grey colored scrub top with the UMass Amherst Veterinary Technology logo embroidered on the left pocket and your name embroidered on the right pocket. Your scrub pants must be wine/maroon colored. You can order from the website or purchase elsewhere.  Order your scrubs and coveralls with the UMass Amherst Vet Tech logo:

For ANIMLSCI 115 Coveralls are required in all labs. You can either purchase coveralls with your name and the Vet Tech logo embroidered or if you already own a pair of coveralls, you can purchase a name tag through printing services. You must have an official UMass name tag on your lab attire if you do not have an embroidered name on your scrubs/coveralls. Fill out the form, choose pin back, Department: VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY Name:  YOUR NAME   Title: VET TECH STUDENT