VIN Consultants and Editors

Specialty: Avian

Associate Editor

Copper Aitken-Palmer

Copper Aitken Palmer 2

Board Certification

  • American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) Zoo Medicine


  • Bachelor of Science, Eckerd College, 1999
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, 2003
  • Master of Science, Kansas State University, 2003
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Maryland, 2010

Current Professional Activities

  • Associate Veterinarian, Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield, IL
  • Adjunct faculty, University of Illinois
  • Adjunct faculty, George Mason University
  • Grant Reviewer, Association of Zoos and Aquaria, Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) Granting Program
  • Grant Reviewer, Association of Zoos and Aquaria
  • Grant Reviewer, Amer. Assoc. Zoo Vets Wild Animal Health Fund
  • Grant Reviewer, Chicago Board of Trade
  • Member, Association of Zoos and Aquaria (AZA) Animal Health Committee
  • Liaison to Animal Health Committee, Endocrine Advisory Group, AZA
  • Member, Infectious Disease Subcommittee, Amer. Assoc. of Zoo Veterinarians
  • Scientific Advisor, AZA, Species Advisory Group (reproduction, behavior & endocrine)
  • Member, Leadership & Management Group, Amer. Assoc. of Zoo Veterinarians
  • Journal Reviewer: PlosOne
  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
  • VetGirl On the Run, Continuing Education Content Contributor & Lecturer

Past Professional Activities

  • Chief Veterinary Officer and Head of Department, Dept. of Conservation Medicine, Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, VA
  • Clinical Veterinary Lecturer, U. Florida, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Orlando, FL


  • 1 yr old mini-me


  • "Princess Cat" with separation anxiety, "Street Cat" frenemie to Princess Cat, has feline asthma, and "François" the fancy fish


  • Reality television and travel

Favorite Quote

Do the right thing now because tomorrow is never promised.

What I Like Most About VIN

Great opportunity to discuss veterinary medicine around the clock and around the world. Unique community all who care for animals.

Are you a specialist who loves helping (and learning from) colleagues?

Join the proud team of VIN Consultants and Associate Editors!
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