Our mission is to provide high quality veterinary care for exotic pets and their owners. We aim to provide that care by following the highest standards, being innovative and constantly evolving, while being compassionate and offering a personal touch.
Dr Izidora graduated from the University of Sydney in 2007 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (First Class Honours). After working in both exotics and general practices for several years, Izi completed a rotating internship at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) in Sydney and then joined Sydney Exotics and Rabbit Vets as an associate. She also obtained a Master of Veterinary Studies from Murdoch University.
In 2017, Izi completed a three-year zoological medicine residency, with a focus on exotic pets, at the University of Georgia, USA. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2017, passing the sub-specialty examination in zoological companion animals (ie. exotic pets). Izi is currently the only veterinarian in Australia to hold this qualification, and is a Registered Specialist in Zoological Medicine in both Australia and USA.
Izi is a Fear Free Certified® Professional.
Izi has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, undertaken research projects on diagnostic techniques in exotic pets, presented at various exotics conferences, and regularly contributes to the continuing education of vets and vet nurses. She was also integral in the development of an antibiotic policy for exotics.
Izi volunteers with the Sydney Wildlife Mobile Care Unit, providing veterinary care to injured and orphaned native wildlife.
Megan has been working with Dr Izidora Sladakovic since 2019, and is the manager and head nurse of Avian & Exotics Service.
Megan began her vet nursing adventure 8 years ago when one of her beloved guinea pigs fell ill and she learned that exotics vets existed. She promptly packed in her boring office job and hit the books!
Megan enjoys working with all exotics, ensuring their species-specific needs are provided to the highest standard, and educating clients and staff. Megan has successfully completed the Advanced Programme in Veterinary Nursing in Avian Species and Small Mammals.
When Megan isn’t nutting out innovative exotics procedures with Dr Izi, training vet nurses or implementing protocols and procedures to ensure the smooth running of AVES, she is either cuddling small creatures at work or at home, drinking tea in her garden or experimenting with new recipes in her adored kitchen.
Alex graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience. After working as a veterinary assistant in both small animal and exotic animal medicine, she undertook her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Sydney, graduating in 2021. Throughout vet school she spent time at various exotic practices for placement and worked as a veterinary nurse in small animal and equine practices.
After graduation, she completed a rotating internship at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) in Sydney and then went on to work as an emergency veterinarian. Alex joined the AVES team in August 2023 and is very excited to further her training in exotics medicine. Her goal is to one day become a Zoological Companion Animal specialist! When she is not at AVES, you can find Alex at the beach, snorkeling, scuba diving, horse riding or hiking.
Tori has been working within the veterinary industry since 2015. Tori loves working with all animals, but has a particular interest in exotics and Australian wildlife.
Tori joined Avian & Exotics Service in February 2022 to further her nursing skills in the exotics field, which is where her real passion lies. Tori has also volunteered for wildlife rehabilitation groups since 2018 and recently completed a veterinary professional course with Taronga Zoo focusing on the treatment and care of native wildlife.
In her spare time, you will find her birdwatching, bushwalking, studying, spending time with her pets and gardening.
Janie started her animal care career at Waratah Park in 2006 and then Taronga Zoo, where she worked primarily in the Herpetofauna and Free Flight Bird Show departments.
In 2015, Janie made the move to vet nursing, but it wasn't long before Janie's many talents were discovered! Whether it's inventory management, product research, photography and social media content creation, Janie's organisational skills and creativity make her an invaluable part of the AVES team.
When Janie isn’t working, she enjoys wildlife photography, bushwalking and spending time with her horse.
Charlie has loved all things reptile and wildlife since he was a young kid. After a 7-year stint as a joiner and studying environmental science at uni, Charlie joined Northside Vet Specialists as an animal attendant. It wasn’t long before he got drawn to the AVES team.
When he is not cuddling snakes or wrangling goannas, Charlie is troubleshooting the lab or fixing whatever is broken. Charlie is a true animal whisperer, jack of all trades and master of efficiency. He is currently enrolled in Animal Studies at TAFE.
In his spare time, Charlie enjoys mountain biking, hiking and attempting to keep his veggie garden alive.
Contrary to popular belief, zoological medicine is not equated with zoo animal medicine, but encompasses the following major areas:
Izidora has undergone extensive training and examination in all areas of zoological medicine. Please contact Izi directly for services relating to zoo, aquatics or wildlife.
The American College of Zoological Medicine is currently the only college in the world to provide specialist certification in ALL exotic pets, a qualification that is held by a small number of veterinarians worldwide.
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