Certificate in Animal Audiology
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 FETCHLAB is the only university in the nation that has the capability to teach animal audiology to its AuD students or to practicing audiologists.
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 OR
2) Be a licensed, practicing audiologist. Please submit the following with your application:
- proof of licensure
- letter of intent
- letter of recommendation
How to Apply
An online application to the certificate program in Animal Audiology must be submitted to the University of Cincinnati Graduate School. 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.
Students are admitted into the certificate program in summer semester. All certificate courses are taken in summer semester. Courses cannot be taken simultaneously. You may take practicum hours at the same time you take courses. 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 animal audiology certificate is offered both on campus and online. Practicum for online learning students is by individual arrangement. Online students are required to complete practicum at FETCHLAB.
The certificate is designed to meet the needs of three groups of potential students: students enrolled in the Doctor of Audiology program, practicing audiologists, practicing veterinarians. The following is the basic curriculum for the animal audiology certificate, which may be modified according to the background knowledge and skills of the three groups. The following curriculum is an extension of the existing AuD curriculum and is presented as an option for admitted Doctor of Audiology students at UC.
Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.