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Terio, Karen Andrea

Chief, Zoological Pathology Program
Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine
Zoological Pathology Program
c/o Chicago Zoological Society
3300 Golf Rd
Brookfield, IL  60513


  • PhD, University of California-Davis
  • DVM, Tufts Univeristy
  • BA, Bowdoin College, cum laude, Honors in Biology

Professional Certifications

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Research Interests

Diseases impact the conservation of wild animals both in their natural habitats and in breeding programs that serve as safeguards to species survival. But the causes for these diseases are often unknown.  Dr. Terio's research focuses predominately on diseases of wild felids and primates, involving both disease surveillance and research.  She works with a number of international conservation organizations including the Gombe Ecohealth Project and Cheetah Conservation Fund as well as the Great Ape Heart Project and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Felid Taxon Advisory Group and Species Survival Plans.


show listCourses Taught

  • Exotic Animal Pathology I
  • Exotic Animal Pathology II
  • Exotic Animal Pathology Seminar
  • Systems Pathology
  • Conservation Medicine, Lecturer
  • Pathology Seminar, Lecturer

show listHonors and Awards

  • Wildlife Medicine Award, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • C.L. Davis D.V.M. Foundation Scholarship Award in Veterinary Pathology
  • American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, Winner Post-Graduate Competition

show listProfessional Affiliations

ACVP Councilor, 2015 - present

ACVP Certifying Examination Committee, Member and General Chair (2009-2013)

Cheetah Conservation Fund, Scientific Advisor

Gombe Ecohealth Project, Lead Pathologist

Elephant Care International, Scientific Advisor

Pathology Advisor to: AZA Black-footed cat, Bonobo, Cheetah, Chimpanzee, Clouded Leopard, Fishing Cat, Ocelot, and Pallas’ cat Species Survival Plans and to the Felid Taxon Advisory Group