Animal science majors enjoy an exciting variety of extra-curricular activities related to their major which are described below.
The team competes against other college/university teams in regional and national contests designed to test students' knowledge of agriculture as well as practical animal management.
AHSTA is a club for those in the Animal Health Science major, but all are welcomed with an interest in animal health and welfare. AHSTA serves as a forum for discussion and a means of dispersing information about the major and potential career opportunities. We also strive to promote the role of the veterinary technician in clinical practice, laboratory animal care, management, sales, etc. We are active in events sponsored by the College of Agriculture, and we offer great leadership opportunities. We are also a student chapter of the North American Veterinary Technician Association and we sponsor members to attend the annual Western States Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, NV.
College-owned steers are fitted, trained and shown by students at the Great Western Livestock Show and Los Angeles County Fair in competition against other colleges and universities of California. Provides a training mechanism for students to learn techniques of exhibiting livestock in the show ring. A portion of the proceeds from sale of animals is returned to the students.
Limited competition to Dairy Judging competition is available at the Fresno District Fair, Pacific International and Great Western depending on student interest.
Competes in intercollegiate competition at horse shows hosted by various colleges in California, Nevada and Arizona. Student-owned horses compete in West Coast Intercollegiate Horse Show Association riding events such as Western-Pleasure, English-Pleasure, Equitation, Jumping and Trail Classes. The Cal Poly Team also competes in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association events where they show horses owned by the host colleges. Cal Poly has finished either first or second during recent years. Travel expenses are funded by ASI funding.
Teams have competed in halter and performance class judging competition at the Arabian National, World Championship Quarter Horse Show, Southwestern Regional Horse Judging Contest and NACTA Horse Judging Contests during recent years with an extremely great success rate against horse judging teams from throughout the United States.
The IVCC club provides hands-on learning opportunities through the fabrication of various meat products and visits to conferences and other meat facilities.
Livestock Judging Teams representing Cal Poly compete in intercollegiate judging competition at the National Western Stock Show, Denver; Houston Livestock Show, Arizona National, Phoenix; Great Western; Pacific International, Portland, Grand National, San Francisco; Golden Spike, Ogden; and Silver Dollar Fair. Cal Poly teams have demonstrated the ability to be quite competitive against teams from all parts of the country. Judging Team Members officiate local fairs and field days for 4H and F.F.A. students throughout out the Southern California area. Travel expenses are funded by ASI appropriations.
College and student-owned sheep are fitted and shown by students at the Great Western Livestock Show, Los Angles, County Fair, Southern California Exposition and Antelope Valley Fair in collegiate and open competition. Provides a training mechanism for students to learn techniques of exhibiting sheep in the show ring. A portion of the proceeds from sale of animals is returned to the students.
Cal Poly teams annually compete in the North Western Meat Animal Evaluation at Twin Falls, Idaho. Contest provides training in market animal, breeding animal and carcass evaluation including quality and yield grading and pricing.
Organization of pre-veterinary medicine students which sponsors activities of interest to pre-vet majors to acquaint them with the Veterinary Medicine profession and to acquaint students with the procedures for applying to Colleges of Veterinary Medicine.