Kurt Sladky, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACZM, Diplomate ECZM (Zoo Health Management & Herpetology) Clinical Professor
Department of Surgical Sciences
Titles and Education
- 2017-Present Clinical Professor, Zoological Medicine
- 2011-Present Clinical Associate Professor, Zoological Medicine, Special Species Health
- 2006-2011 Clinical Assistant Professor, Zoological Medicine, Special Species Health
- 2005 Diplomate, American College of Zoological Medicine
- 2001-2006 Clinical Instructor, Zoological Medicine, Special Species Health
- 1997-2000 Residency in Zoological Medicine, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
- 1993 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine
- 1988 M.S., Psychology (Animal Behavior), University of Wisconsin
- 1981 B.S., Meat and Animal Science, University of Wisconsin
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.
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.
I am a member of the Public Health Program Faculty for MPH students; Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
I have served as Capstone Project Advisor and/or a member of Capstone Committees for MPH students.
- Sladky KK. Reptile and Amphibian Analgesia. In, Fowler’s Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine, Vol. 9. ER Mille, PP Calle, N Lamberski (Eds.). Elsevier-Saunders, St Louis, MO, 2019, 421-439.
- Sladky KK, Mans C. Analgesia. In Mader’s Reptile Medicine and Surgery. 3rd edition. S. Divers & S. Stahl (eds). Saunders-Elsevier, St Louis, MO, 2019, 465-474.
- Mans C, Sladky KK. Anesthesia. In Mader’s Reptile Medicine and Surgery, 3rd edition. S. Diver S, S Stahl (Eds). Saunders-Elsevier, St Louis, MO, 2019, 447-464.
- Mans C, Steagall P, Sladky KK. Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia. In Mader’s Reptile Medicine and Surgery. 3rd edition. S. Diver S, S Stahl (Eds). Saunders-Elsevier, St Louis, MO, 2019, 475-479.
- Hawkins S, Cox S, Yaw T, Sladky KK. Pharmacokinetics of subcutaneously administered hydromorphone in bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) and red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans). J Anesth Analgesia. Vet Anaesth Analg. 46(3):352-359, 2019.
- Yaw TJ, Mans C, Johnson S, Doss GA, Sladky KK. Effect of injection site on alfaxalone induced sedation in ball pythons (Python regius). J Small Anim Pract. 59(12):747-751, 2018.
- Parkinson L, Noblitt SD, Campbell T, Sladky KK. Comparison of two iodine quantification methods in an artificial seawater system housing white-spotted bamboo sharks (Chiloscyllium plagiosum). J Zoo Wild Med. J Zoo Wildl Med. 49(4):952-958, 2018.
- Bunke LG, Sladky KK, Johnson SM. Antinociceptive efficacy and respiratory effects of dexmedetomidine in ball pythons (Python regius). Am J Vet Res. 79(7):718-726, 2018.
- Fink D, Doss GA, Sladky KK, Mans C. Effect of injection site on dexmedetomidine-ketamine induced sedation in leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius). J Am Vet Med Assoc. 253(9):1146-1150, 2018.
- Doss GA, Mans C, Johnson L, Pinkerton ME, Hardie RJ, Sladky KK. Diagnosis and management of inflammatory bowel disease in a harpy 1 eagle (Harpia harpyja) with suspected fenbendazole toxicity. J Amer Vet Med Assoc. 252(3):336-342, 2018.
- Hausmann JC, Krisp A, Sladky K, Miller PE, Mans C. Measuring intraocular pressure in white’s tree frogs (Litoria caerulea) by rebound tonometry: comparing device, time of day, and manual versus chemical restraint methods. J Zoo Wildl Med. 48(2):413-419, 2017.
- Leal WP, Carregaro AB, Bressan TF, Bisetto SP, Melo CF, Sladky KK. Antinociceptive efficacy of morphine and butorphanol in tegus (Salvator merianae). Am J Vet Res. 78(9):1019-1024, 2017.
- Parkinson, LAB, Hausmann JC; Hardie RJ, Mickelson MA, Sladky KK. Urethral Diverticulum and Urolithiasis in a Female Guinea Pig (Cavia porcellus). J Amer Vet Med Assoc. 251(11):1313-1317, 2017.
- Doss GA, Fink D, Sladky KK, Mans C. Comparison of dexmedetomidine-midazolam vs. alfaxalone-midazolam for sedation in leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius). Vet Anaesth Analgesia. 44(5):1175-1183, 2017.
- Kharbush R, Gutwillig A, Hartzler K, Kimyon R, Gardner A, Abbott A, Cox S, Watters J, Sladky KK, Johnson SM. Transdermal fentanyl in ball pythons (Python regius) does not provide antinociception and decreases breathing frequency despite high plasma fentanyl levels and brain mu-opioid receptor expression similar to opioid-responsive turtles. Am J Vet Res. 78(7):785-795, 2017.
- Sladky KK & Clarke EO III. Fish Surgery: Presurgical preparation and common surgical procedures. Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract. 19(1): 55-76, 2016.
- Miwa Y & Sladky KK. Small Mammals: Common surgical procedures of rodents, ferrets, hedgehogs, and sugar gliders. Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract. 19(1): 205-244, 2016.