Animal Science Department

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences


Matthew A. Burd, D.V.M., M.S.

Photograph of Dr. Burd

Professor, Veterinarian

Office:  Bldg. 10 Rm. 112

Phone:  (805) 756-6110



Matthew Burd heads equine reproductive physiology for the Animal Science Department, teaching courses in equine reproduction, equine exercise physiology and equine biomechanics. Additionally, as one of Cal Poly’s veterinarians, he teaches courses in veterinary pharmacology, systemic animal physiology and endocrinology.



  • B.S.          Bacteriology - University of Wisconsin
  • M.S.         Marine Science - San Jose State Universitie's Moss Landing Marine Lab
  • D.V.M.     University of California, Davis


Research and Interests:

Dr. Burd’s research includes stem-cell research projects, as well as projects in equine reproduction and embryology. His research represents the collaborative efforts between different faculties and their specialties, as several projects incorporate the work of several academic disciplines. Furthermore, Burd’s works closely with local industry—businesses in digital imaging have generously collaborated in research, as well as with student projects.

Burd earned a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in marine science from San Jose State University’s Moss Landing Marine Lab. He then received his doctorate in veterinary medicine graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1996. He opened an equine veterinarian clinic on the Big Island of Hawaii and later worked for Santa Lucia Farm, a full-service cutting, horse breeding and foaling facility in Santa Ynez, California.

As a professor, Burd strives to expose students to current and future reproductive technologies. He said he hopes to instill in them a sense of professionalism and an obligation to “do right” by themselves, their families and communities.

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