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Dr. med. vet., DACZM, DECZM

Christoph Mans is a native of Germany and received his veterinary degree from the University of Leipzig (Germany). He completed an internship in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College (Canada) followed by employment in private practice in Hong Kong. He then completed a 3-year residency in zoological medicine at the University of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee County Zoo and became a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) in 2014. He is currently a clinical assistant professor of zoological medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Kurt Sladky received his MS (Psychology: Animal Behavior) and DVM from the University of Wisconsin and completed a Residency in Zoological Medicine at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and the European College of Zoological Medicine (Herpetology) and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Zoological Medicine and Section Head of the Special Species Health Service at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Dr. Doss completed his veterinary training at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, followed by an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2017, he completed a zoological medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary medicine, where he is now a faculty member in the special species department.

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Dr. Anna Martel received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida in 1999. She practiced in multiple areas of physical therapy for 11 years before pursuing a career in exotic animal medicine. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. After spending a year in an Avian and Exotics rotation at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX, she returned to the University and is now a third-year resident in zoological companion animal medicine.


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Ann grew up in Madison and graduated from what’s now called Madison College in their Veterinary Technician program back in the early days of the profession (1980.)  She worked for a 6 vet small animal practice on the north side of town before the veterinary school was built.  In early 1983 Ann was the third vet tech hired for the teaching hospital and spent her first summer at the SVM opening boxes of brand new equipment and supplies and creating a clinic from basically bare walls.  There was no special species in the first few years so she learned plenty about dogs and cats (and llamas!!) by working in the wards, ophthalmology, oncology and dermatology. When special species was added to the curriculum, Ann was lucky enough to be the first tech to work exclusively with the exotics folks, and she has been there ever since, making her 6 year old self happy as she always wanted to be a zookeeper,  ride elephants and play with wolves.

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Carrie Schroeder, DVM, Dipl. ACVAA

Dr. Carrie Schroeder completed her veterinary training and residency in Anesthesia and Pain Management at the University of Wisconsin, becoming a diplomate of the American College of Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) in 2011. She is a currently a clinical instructor in anesthesia at the University of Wisconsin and enjoys working with all species, form the very small and to the very large.


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Mariko St. James, DVM

Mariko St. James completed her Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary before pursing her veterinary training at the University of Melbourne. She practiced in Vancouver, Canada, before moving to Madison to start her residency in anesthesia and pain management at the University of Wisconsin. Here, she works closely with the Special Species Health Service, anesthetizing animals ranging from budgies to camels.





Shawna Hawkins, DVM, MS

Shawna Hawkins received her MS (Veterinary Biomedical Science) and DVM from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at the University of Wisconsin and a specialty internship at the Phoenix Zoo. She is currently a first year zoological medicine resident at the University of Wisconsin.


IMG_2311Cameron Ratliff, DVM

Dr. Ratliff is currently the second year Zoological Medicine Resident at University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine, which involves time spent on the Special Species UW Veterinary Care service, Milwaukee County Zoo, and the International Crane Foundation. From Texas originally, Dr. Ratliff graduated from Texas A&M University with his DVM in 2015, before completing an Exotics internship at Iowa State University. He then returned to Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine for an internship in Zoological Medicine before joining the Special Species team in Wisconsin.


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Betsy Elsmo, DVM, Dipl. ACVP

Dr. Elsmo is an anatomic pathologist at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Madison, WI. She has a background in wildlife and exotic animal pathology, and a special interest in avian pathology.



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