Dr Izidora Sladakovic

BVSc (Hons I), MVS, Dipl ACZM

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.


Izidora has published numerous journal articles and book chapters (particularly in the field of exotic pet endoscopy), undertaken research projects to improve diagnostic testing in exotic pets, and presented at various exotics conferences. Izi is excited to return to Sydney's Northern Beaches and is dedicated to providing the best possible care for exotic pets. 

What is Zoological Medicine?

Contrary to popular belief, zoological medicine is not equated with zoo animal medicine, but encompasses the following major areas:

  • Exotic pets
  • Zoo animals
  • Aquatic animals
  • Wildlife and conservation

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.