Dr. Trent Schwartz

Dr. Trent Schwartz

Assistant Professor of Animal Science: Meat Science

Office: Happy State Bank Academic and Research Building, Room 352
Phone: 806-651-4267

Professional Profile

Dr. Schwartz is a Wall, TX native and joined the Department of Agriculture Sciences at West Texas A&M University in January 2024. He received his B.S. in Meat and Food Science, and M.S. in Animal Science – Meat Science from Angelo State University. While there he coached both the meat judging team and the meat science quiz bowl team. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Animal Science – Meat Science and Food Safety. His dissertation research evaluated the role beef liver abscesses have on the glycolytic pathway postmortem, and the associated lean color.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Schwartz teaches a variety of undergraduate courses such as Introduction to Meat Science, Food Science, Processed Meats, and HACCP. He also teaches two graduate level courses in Processed Meats and HACCP. 

Dr. Schwartz aids in running the university meat lab and works extensively with the Beef Carcass Research Center. During the summer he mentors and leads students entering processed meats competitions held in conjunction with industry conferences. 

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Schwartz has a wide array of research interests that include: Food safety, processed meats, red meat yields, fresh meat quality and shelf-life, and offal yield, sales, and consumption.