Animal Audiology

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Why study Animal Audiology?

The animal audiology certificate is offered both on campus and online. Practicum for distance learning students is by individual arrangement. Distance learning students are required to complete practicum at Fetch Lab. The application period is from January 1-February 28 and students are admitted into the certificate program in summer semester. All certificate courses are taken in summer semesters. Courses cannot be taken simultaneously. You may take practicum hours at the same time you take courses. 

Veterinarians are trained in otology, but are not specifically trained in audiology for animals.   Currently 80 breeds of dogs experience genetically related deafness with more experiencing deafness due to age and noise exposure. The American Kennel Club advises breeders to have puppies tested by means of a BAER test and registered with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.  Owners are now routinely asking for hearing testing for older dogs as per their attending veterinarians. This applies to pets, working dogs and military working dogs. Some veterinary neurologists are capable of performing the Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) test, which is used for testing the hearing of animals, but are not specifically trained to make diagnostic judgments regarding audiological issues. This is the specific expertise of audiologists. There are a number of practicing audiologists who will run BAER tests for screening the hearing of animals, but the University of Cincinnati’s FETCH-LAB is the only university in the nation that has the capability to teach animal audiology to its AuD students or to practicing audiologists or veterinarians. The following articles show the sudden upsurge in interest and need for professional animal audiologists:


Given the expertise of the University of Cincinnati’s FETCH-LAB in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department we are the first university in the nation to offer such a certificate program.

Admission Requirements

1)   Be a registered AuD (graduate) student at the University of Cincinnati or at another accredited AuD program. Applicants from other accredited AuD programs please submit the following with your application:

  • proof of AuD degree with date of graduation or proof of attending an accredited AuD program
  • letter of intent
  • letter of recommendation


2)  Be a licensed, practicing audiologist.  Please submit the following with your application:

  • proof of licensure
  • letter of intent
  • letter of recommendation
If you are enrolled in the AuD or PhD program in Communication Sciences and Disorders you will be advised and mentored by CSD/FETCH-LAB faculty beginning in their first year. Practicing audiologists and veterinarians will be assigned a CSD/FETCH-LAB faculty member as a mentor upon acceptance in the program. Each student will have an audiology and veterinary advisor. 

Comprehensive Examination

In order receive the certificate, you will have to pass a comprehensive examination, which includes a written portion and an oral/practical portion.


You must complete all of the requirements (or equivalents) on the checklist. The FETCH-LAB director, their advisor, their audiology and veterinary advisors and the CSD Department Head must sign the checklist. 

Before admission to the University is completed, all foreign students must fulfill U.S. Immigration Service requirements and register with the International Services and Foreign Student and the International Services Office. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE) are required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Scores must be sent by the test site directly to the University of Cincinnati.

This test must be taken in the student’s own country before admission is granted. This requirement may be waived for a foreign student who has completed an academic program of two or more years in duration at an accredited american college or university. Presently the minimum TOEFL score acceptable for graduate work in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is 100.

The Oral English Proficiency (OEP) Testing Program was implanted in 1986 to assess the oral english language skills of graduate students who are nonnative speakers of english and receive financial awards from general University funds. Students are required to take the test at the beginning of their first semester of study. Their oral English skills are rated in four areas: 1) pronunciation; 2) grammar; 3) fluency; and 4) overall intelligibility. 

Those who pass are certified for oral english proficiency and may assume the full range of duties associated with the financial awards. Those who do not pass are recommended for English as a Second Language (ESL) course that is suited to their needs. 

Students whose oral english proficiency has not been certified may not assume instructional responsibilities. Oral Proficiency testing is conducted four times during the academic year (September, December, March, and May) to accommodate new arrivals and students who have prepared to retake the test. Each student can only be tested twice during an academic year.
Upon arrival at the University of Cincinnati, all international students are required to carry student health insurance. Semester fees (reflecting the number of accompanying dependents) will be assessed at each registration period.

Application Deadlines

An online application to the certificate program in Animal Audiology must be submitted to the University of Cincinnati Graduate School at The application period is from January 1-February 28. All application materials must be submitted by February 28. A non-refundable application fee of $20 payable to The University of Cincinnati must accompany the application. For the program, select AAUD, Animal Audiology Certificate. Once accepted, you can register online through the Onestop Student Center at Students are admitted into the certificate program in summer semester. Accepted students will receive a confirmation email by April 15 via the Graduate School with your UC ID number, email address and instructions on how to register.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Katie Hykle
Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 558-8502

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Program Code: 35GC-AAUD-GC