Kurt Sladky


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine
M.S., Psychology (Animal Behavior), University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., Meat and Animal Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Departments & Organizations

Department of Surgical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine


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I have 2 current research areas of interest:

  • My clinical research encompasses comparative nondomestic animal analgesia/anesthesia, with an emphasis on analgesic efficacy in reptiles, amphibians, fish and avian species, and anesthetic efficacy in nonhuman primates.
  • From a theoretical perspective, I am interested in the evolution of nociception, from invertebrates to mammals.
  • My broader research interests include conservation medicine and the interface between wildlife, domestic animal, and human health and disease. Within this context, my focus is anthropogenic influences on infectious and noninfectious diseases affecting free-ranging wildlife species, and the consequences on ecosystem, animal, and human health.


  • Clinical responsibilities include: medical and surgical management of pet nondomestic, zoo, and wildlife species
  • Teaching responsibilities include: 1) fourth year veterinary students clinical rotation in Special Species Health and nondomestic animals anesthesia didactic; 2) third year students Special Species Medicine; 3) coordinator for upper level undergraduate course, Diseases of Wildlife; 4) I also teach a variety of single lectures: Zootoxicology, parasitology of nondomestic pets, avian radiology, and ethics of maintaining elephants in captivity.
  • Advisor, University of Wisconsin Global Health Initiative, Advisor
  • Wildlife Data Integration Network (WDIN) Team: Megan Hines (Technical Manager), Cris March (Content Manager), Victoria Szewczyk (Administrative Manager), Kurt Sladky (Project Manager)
  • Member, Master’s of Public Health Advisory Committee, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Clinical Interests

My clinical focus is Zoological Medicine, which encompasses 3 broad animal areas: zoo and aquaria, free-ranging wildlife, and nondomestic pets. I am Section Head of the Special Species Health Service, and I oversee Resident and student training in Zoological Medicine.