The Facility for Education and Testing of Canine Hearing & Laboratory for Animal Bioacoustics (FETCHLABTM) is a community of clinicians, researchers, and students focused on evaluation of animal hearing to develop a greater understanding of animal communication capabilities. FETCHLAB UNC is based in the Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences program at UNC and operates in partnership with the University of Cincinnati and the University of Akron.
The Animal Audiology Graduate Certificate Program (Non-Degree) provides specialized training in the assessment and management of hearing loss in animals. The program is designed for graduate students enrolled in a Doctor of Audiology program and for currently practicing audiologists. Students will also learn about the physiology of hearing and sound production systems of animals. All students will complete practicum hours working with animals and their owners/breeders at a local veterinary clinic or other off-campus location.
This program emphasizes the use of the Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) test for screening and diagnosis of hearing loss in canines and equines. These testing skills are analogous to those required to test the auditory function of human infants and other animal species. This certificate will increase your career opportunities and professional scope of practice.