Carving your own Path

Carving Your Own (Wild) Path:

The Life of a Non-Traditional Global Vet in the Pursuit of Saving the Planet

Monday, November 14th

SVM Room 2360


Dr. Izzy Hirji, DVM (

Dr. Izzy Hirji is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with an honours B.Sc. in Zoology (University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College). He has a background in both domestic and wildlife medicine, pathology and conservation, and has trained at several zoos and sanctuaries both in North America and abroad. He currently works as a locum vet in Toronto with a special interest/expertise in exotics & wildlife and runs a mobile practice for exotic companion animals, wildlife centers and animal sanctuaries. In addition, he works with several local and international primate sanctuaries and wildlife rescue centers and is actively involved in wildlife conservation initiatives across Africa. He is also an instructor in Wildlife Medicine and Conservation courses through Loop Abroad and other study abroad programs. Dr. Izzy was featured on the 2020 Nat Geo Wild series “Jungle Animal Rescue” and on the 2017 Nat Geo Wild documentary “Chimp School”. He is extremely passionate about environmental conservation and One Health and has been working with the UW-Madison Goldberg lab on investigating a novel chimpanzee disease since 2016. Asides from veterinary medicine, he is also an avid photographer, cyclist and web designer, and loves to travel to tropical exotic places. Dr. Izzy’s goal is to inspire and empower individuals to care about the natural world, and to believe that every individual’s choices have the power to make positive change every single day.