Extruded Pet Foods and Treats

Extruded Pet Foods & Treats, started in 2015

Tailored for production personnel, this program provides a specialized focus on extruders and support systems essential for the selection and operation of pet food manufacturing. Through an immersive learning experience, attendees gain valuable insights into the preparation of pet foods and treats, as well as practical aspects of extrusion technology. Dr. Riaz’s expertise and industry-leading practices ensure that participants leave this course equipped to drive innovation and excellence in the pet food industry.

Key Topics Covered:

  • Formulation and Ingredient Selection
  • Techniques for Texturization and Shape Formation
  • Specialty Treats and Nutraceuticals
  • Marketing and Consumer Trends in the Pet Food Industry
  • Product Development and Sensory Evaluation


  • Train production personnel in principles and characteristics of extruders and support systems for effective selection and operation. 
  • Review current practices for preparation of pet foods and pet treats.
  • Familiarize attendees with practical aspects of extrusion technology for pet food manufacturing.

Short Course Conduct

All the short courses are conducted at the esteemed Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center. Dr. Mian N. Riaz’s commitment to excellence is further exemplified by the versatility of course delivery, with both in-person and live, online sessions available via Zoom. Questions are encouraged during the lectures, breaks, and social periods. Laptops are allowed in the classroom to follow the presentations in the short course eBook manual. Rights to cancel this course with refund, to deny service, to substitute speakers, and to change schedules, as necessary to expedite the course, are reserved.

Registration Overview

The program will cover information on material handling, preconditioning, extrusion of pet foods, extruded and non-extruded treats, raw material, extrusion hardware, automation, product analysis, meat handling in pet food, drying, cooling, and enrobing, food safety, pet food and treat shelf life, and trouble shooting. Participants completing the course will be awarded a Certificate and are eligible for 30 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). For questions related to the registration process and course, please contact Dr. Mian Riaz.

Join Us

Join us for any of these exceptional short courses, and unlock the potential to elevate your career and contributions in the ever-evolving world of extrusion technology. For more information, registration details, and upcoming course schedules, please visit TEES EDGE or contact our Professional & Continuing Education program directly. We look forward to welcoming you to our esteemed courses at Texas A&M University.

Custom Company Course

The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s (TEES) Extrusion Program, under the direction of Dr. Mian Riaz, offers custom Extrusion Programs for companies. Please contact us to discuss a custom program and how to align it with your budget and goals.