Veterinary Technology Major

NEW- 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 in the fall of 2019 and matriculating in the fall of 2020 will be able to 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.

On Monday, January 13, 2020, after thorough review, the Commissioner of Higher Education has approved the University of Massachusetts Amherst to award the Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology degree.

UMass Amherst has filed a proposal for obtaining approval from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for continuation of accreditation of the Veterinary Technology Program on the Mount Ida Campus, so that students who graduate with a UMass Amherst BS-Vet Tech degree and pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) will be certified veterinary technologists.

To Apply

Application to UMass Amherst is through the Common App for non-binding Early Action and Regular Decision deadlines. The Veterinary Technology major will be in place for students applying in fall 2019 (Early Action) and winter 2020 (Regular Decision). 

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.

https://www.umass.edu/admissions/apply/application-procedures/freshman-application-information-and-procedures

For more information, please contact:                                        

Amy Rubin, DVM
Veterinary Technology Program Director
Department of Veterinary & Animal Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst
431A Integrated Sciences Building
661 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
ajrubin [at] umass [dot] edu

   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 RESEC 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