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 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 has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, undertaken research projects to improve diagnostic testing in exotic pets, and presented at various exotics conferences. She has also contributed to the development of an antibiotic policy for exotics to reduce antibiotic resistance. Izi is dedicated to providing the best possible care for exotic pets.
Izi is also a volunteer with Sydney Wildlife Mobile Care Unit, providing veterinary care to injured and orphaned native wildlife.
Megan has been working with Dr Izidora Sladakovic for 2 years, 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.
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.
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.