CSU, Chico

Animal Science Students Compete in Academic Quadrathalon

Animal Science Students Compete in Academic Quadrathalon

Four students from California State University, Chico competed in the Academic Quadrathalon at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science annual meeting in Bozeman, Montana, June 18-19, 2013. Seniors Corey Carpenter, Mariah Fischer, Katherine Dykier, and Kate Daley represented CSU, Chico in the grueling two-day competition, which included a laboratory practicum, written exam, oral presentation, and quiz bowl.

In the laboratory practicum, the teams rotate through various workstations, working together to perform various physical skills in areas such as nutrition or meat science. The 60-minute written exam features questions related to animal production and products. In the oral presentation, the students have 60 minutes to prepare a 12-minute presentation on an assigned topic. In the quiz bowl, individuals on each team must answer a series of questions in a double-elimination tournament.

CSU, Chico’s team earned second place in the oral presentation with a presentation about the use of sub-therapeutic antibiotics in livestock production. Coach and lecturer Kasey DeAtley said, “I could not have asked for a more dedicated, professional team. Their thoughtful, informed presentation about a controversial subject was a true testament to our coursework in agricultural issues at Chico State.”

It was the first time CSU, Chico has fielded a team in the regional competition. Other teams competing included New Mexico State, University of Arizona, Colorado State, Montana State, BYU-Idaho, Oregon State, Utah State and University of Wyoming.