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Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Veterinary and Animal Sciences | Courses | Faculty

Paige Lab, Stockbridge Hall

Degree: Bachelor of Science

For Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary
Contact: D. Joseph Jerry
Office: 309 Stockbridge Hall
Phone: (413) 577-1193
Website: www.umass.edu/vasci

Head of Department: Professor Samuel J. Black. Professors Baldwin, Clark, Fissore, Jerry, Osborne, Petersen; Associate Professors Alfandari, Anguita, Arcaro, Howe, Visconti; Assistant Professors Mager, Minter, Telfer, Tremblay; Lecturers Grande, Huyler, Kieser, Schurink; Extension Assistant Professor Gradil; Visiting Associate Professor Purdy; Adjunct Professors Balise, Cousin, Goldsby, Katz, Salicioni, Semprevivo.

The Field

Veterinary and Animal Science students study the welfare, breeding, development, nutrition, physiology, pathology, behavior, management, and production of domestic and laboratory animals. In addition to providing opportunities to develop skills in animal management, and in clinical and laboratory procedures, the program promotes scientific awareness, and critical and ethical thinking, as well as verbal and written communication. These skills are acquired through laboratory and lecture courses, independent studies with faculty conducting nationally and internationally recognized research programs, internships in the Equine, Livestock and Biotechnology emphases, and participation in student- and faculty-run programs at the department’s Hadley and Deerfield farm complexes. Extensive facilities provide opportunities for students to work directly with alpacas, miniature donkeys, cattle, goats, horses, pigs, and sheep in their classes and laboratories.

The Majors

Two majors are available within the department. The B.S. in Animal Science major is designed to provide a flexible program to accommodate students with interests in animal production and related support industries. With appropriate selection of elective courses, this major can also prepare students for postgraduate studies. The B.S. Pre-Veterinary major is designed specifically for students interested in postgraduate studies in the sciences including entrance into veterinary and medical schools.

Admission to majors
All students are admitted first to the Animal Science major. Students completing predictor courses (indicated immediately below with an asterisk) with an average grade of B- or better are eligible to enter the Pre-Veterinary major. Students interested in transferring to the program or obtaining a second bachelor’s degree in Animal Science should contact the department’s Undergraduate Program Director.

Requirements for all majors include the following ANIMLSCI and extra-departmental courses:
101 Introductory Animal Science
*103 Introductory Animal Management
*200 Animal Cell and Molecular Biology
*220 Anatomy and Physiology
311 Animal Genetics and Breeding
332 Basic Animal Nutrition and Feeding
360 Farm Animal Care and Welfare
*BIOLOGY 100/101 Introductory Biology or 102/103 Introductory Animal Biology for Non-Biological Science Majors/Plant Biology
MATH 104 Algebra, Analytic Geometry and Trigonometry
NATRES&E 397A NRE Junior Writing Course
RES-ECON 211 Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences or equivalent
MICROBIO 310 General Microbiology
BIOCHEM 420 Elementary Biochemistry

Note: BIOLOGY 100/101 is the preferred sequence for Pre-Veterinary majors.

Additional Animal Science requirements:
CHEM 110 General Chemistry
CHEM 250 Organic Chemistry
ANIMLSCI 372 Animal Diseases
ANIMLSCI 490C Fundamentals of Reproduction

Additional Pre-Veterinary requirements:
*CHEM 111/112 General Chemistry for Science and Engineering Majors
*CHEM 261/ 262/269 Organic Chemistry I, II, with Lab
*MATH 127 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I
PHYSICS 131/133 Introductory Physics/Lab and 132/134 Introductory Physics II/Lab
BIOCHEM 421 Elementary Biochemistry Lab
ANIMLSCI 472 Infection and Immunity
ANIMLSCI 521 Physiology of Reproduction

Students work closely with their academic adviser, who assists them in selecting elective courses to enhance specific areas of interest and to develop curriculums that meet their career objectives as described under “Areas of Advanced Training.”

Areas of Advanced Training
Students, working with their adviser, concentrate their studies in one of the following emphasis areas that highlight departmental offerings in Livestock, Equine and Biotechnology studies.

Livestock Emphasis
This area is for students whose interests are in animal production and related support industries. Elective courses should emphasize animal management, resource economics, plant and soil sciences, food science, computer science or education. This background prepares students for careers in production agriculture as owner-operators and managers in agricultural product marketing and service, banking, extension, vocational agricultural education, veterinary and animal research facilities, and international agriculture.

Equine Emphasis
This area offers opportunities for specialized work with horses. Selection of elective courses should emphasize departmental equine offerings. The curriculum combines the basic animal science core courses with the opportunity to concentrate in equitation and/or horse management. The academic program and skills training coupled with numerous extracurricular activities provide a diverse background that prepares students for careers in all phases of the horse industry.

Biotechnology Emphasis
This area prepares students interested in careers as technicians in biotechnology, biomedical, and pharmaceutical laboratories. Courses and laboratory experiences are directed specifically toward acquiring skills in molecular and cellular biology as applied to animals, including recombinant DNA, embryo manipulation, and cell and tissue culture. Elective courses should emphasize advanced training in basic sciences (chemistry and biochemistry) and modern laboratory technologies. These include courses in research animal management, immunology, and lab methods in biotechnology that provide excellent preparation for employment in the expanding field of biotechnology and biomedical research.

B.S./D.V.M. Early Acceptance Program
This program provides an opportunity for students to apply for admission to Tufts University in the spring of their sophomore year. A limited number of students are admitted, and upon acceptance, are guaranteed a space in the veterinary school class once they graduate. To be eligible to apply, candidates for this program must be sophomores and must have demonstrated academic proficiency in their freshman and sophomore coursework, particularly in the prerequisite science courses. Freshmen or sophomores contemplating application to the Early Acceptance Program are encouraged to speak with their academic adviser and to join the Pre-Vet Club in order to gain greater exposure to the field of veterinary medicine.

Honors
The department has a strong honors program in conjunction with Commonwealth College. Honors colloquia have been appended to several courses offered by the department and vary from year to year. Further information is available in online course listings on SPIRE each semester. Graduate courses at the 600 level or above are open to undergraduates as Honors courses.

Independent Study
The department encourages students to pursue work outside the conventional classroom and to undertake independent academic work under the direction of a faculty member. Credits are graded and projects vary from 1 to 6 credits ranging from library-directed topic development to working closely with faculty to develop significant laboratory research projects. Students are required o participate in a “Science Day” each spring.

Practica
The department encourages students to develop practical skills through work in various settings such as farms and veterinary clinics, research laboratories, educational facilities, animal-related industries, government agencies or private foundations. A summer practicum is normally awarded 4 Pass/Fail credits. A maximum of 15 credits is allowed for practica.

Career Opportunities

The Animal Science major prepares students to enter the biomedical and biotechnology industries as laboratory or animal care technicians. Others become involved with management of farms, kennels or stables, technical sales and service, riding instruction, care of zoo animals, and vocational education. The Pre-Veterinary major prepares students for veterinary, medical or graduate school as well as careers in research in academic, industrial, and governmental settings, university teaching or animal medicine.

Veterinary and Animal Sciences | Courses | Faculty