Animal Science Department

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences


Student Organizations

Photograph of dressage students with horses

Block & Bridle Club

The Cal Poly Block and Bridle Club, a student group part of the Animal Science Department for the last 58 years, is open to students of all majors interested in learning about livestock and agricultural activities. Club activities include field trips, guest speakers and fundraisers. Club members attend the Annual National Block and Bridle Convention, visit agricultural operations around California, sponsor an annual blood drive, participate in Ag Beautification Day, make and market linguisa and have booths at Open House, Farm City Nights and Cal Poly's Club Fair.

For more information, email

Cal Poly Dressage Team

The Cal Poly Dressage Team is a member of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association and has won the regional championship for the last eight years. In 2010, the team sent four riders to the national competition in Laurinburg, North Carolina, where the team placed in eighth. At competitions, the host school provides horses, which are then assigned to competitors by drawing. Riders are given ten minutes to warm up their horses before entering the ring and competing. The dressage team is a student-run organization, where the students coach each other and raise their own money. The team is open to students of all riding levels.

For more information, contact the adviser Lou Moore-Jacobson at

Cal Poly Equestrian Team

The Cal Poly Equestrian Team provides students with a unique opportunity to develop strong teamwork, sportsmanship and horsemanship skills. The team is part of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association in which member colleges host shows and provide horses. Competitors do not ride their own horses, use their own tack or warm up on the horses prior to entering the arena.

The Cal Poly team relies solely on its members to schedule practices, clinics and travel to shows. Members pride themselves in being able to compete with the best schools in their competition zone including College of the Sequoias, Stanford, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, Sonoma State, Santa Clara University and the University of Nevada, Reno.

For more information, contact the adviser Lou Moore-Jacobson at

Horse Judging Team

Cal Poly’s Horse Judging Team offers an opportunity for students to learn the basic and advanced skills of horse judging. These students learn to judge halter and performance classes and then must justify their judging decisions through sets of “Reasons” or verbal explanations. At competitions, the team members present their Reasons to qualified judges. Students develop many skills through horse judging, including decision making, public speaking, and deductive reasoning.

Cal Poly’s 2012 Horse Judging Team traveled to the American Paint Horse Association’s judging contest in Fort Worth, Texas where they finished 2nd team in Reasons and 5th team overall. Then, in fall, they attended the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio and the Quarter Horse World Show in Oklahoma City where they were very competitive, finishing 5th overall at both contests and 1st in Halter at the World Show. The newest Horse Judging Team representing Cal Poly for 2013 just finished their first contest in Texas where they finished with a powerful 2nd place, with several top ten individuals. They will be attending the AQHA Congress and World shows in the fall.

For more information, contact the adviser Lou Moore-Jacobson at

Cal Poly Polo Team

Polo first arrived on the Cal Poly campus in 1977. Since then, the team has experienced tremendous success. Click here to learn more

Poultry Club

The Poultry Club works to promote poultry management through interactive participation with alumni and industry. The club provides students the opportunity to learn more about the poultry industry while meeting other students with shared interests. The club participates in community outreach through its booths at both Open House held each spring and Farm City Nights held each fall at Farmers' Market. The club also invites numerous guest speakers from the poultry industry to speak at club meetings. In addition to these activities, the club has an annual Turkey Banquet and holds numerous barbecues for club members.

For more information, contact the adviser Dr. Robert Spiller.

Veterinary Science Club

The Veterinary Science Club is a society for all student, faculty and staff interested in the broad field of veterinary medicine and allied professions. The club organizes visits to various veterinary schools each year as well as tours at local veterinary clinics. The club also presents hands-on laboratories and invites guest speakers from the industry. In the past, the club has toured the San Diego Wild Animal Park and its 20,000 sq. ft. hospital. In addition, the club cultivates an environment where older students mentor the younger students.

For more information, contact the adviser Dr. Kim Sprayberry.

Young Cattleman's Club

Cal Poly is home to the Southern Region of California Young Cattlemen. The Young Cattlemen's Association is an affiliate of California Cattlemen's Association, the beef industry trade association. Young Cattlemen's allows students to get involved with the California beef industry and gain an understanding of the issues that face the industry. Club members hold barbecues, go on ranch tours, attend monthly San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen's meetings, attend the annual California Cattlemen's Association Convention and Mid-Year Meeting, and help with activities at the California State Fair. The club also helps to send students to the annual National Cattlemen's Beef Association Convention. In addition to these activities, club members are eligible for a number of statewide scholarships.

For more information, contact the adviser Dr. Keela Retallick or email

Zoo & Exotic Animal Careers Club

Zoo and Exotic Animal Careers (ZEAC) is a club for students interested in exotic animal care. Whether it is zoo keeping, wildlife rehabilitation, or exotic animal education, ZEAC caters to all interests. By offering speaker meetings, volunteer opportunities, and internships, ZEAC helps its members gain the exotic animal experience they need to start their career after college. ZEAC hopes to expose its members to the many diverse careers available involving exotic animals.

For more information, please e-mail or attend a meeting on Thursdays from 11am-12pm in room 10-111.

Contact the adviser Dr. Mark Edwards for information regarding the next ZEAC meeting.

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