William King, DVM, PhD, DACLAM has been appointed the new Assistant Vice President for Research – Animal Resources in the U-M Office of Research, the University of Michigan’s new Attending Veterinarian, and the Executive Director of the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM), effective January 1, 2018.
As Assistant Vice President, King will work closely with Vice President for Research Jack Hu and other leaders to provide strategic leadership and a shared vision for ensuring sustained excellence in animal care and use across the university.
As the University's Attending Veterinarian and the Executive Director of ULAM, King will partner with the Assistant Vice President for Research – Animal Program Compliance Oversight and the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC) to ensure that the highest animal care and welfare standards are maintained at all times, and in all circumstances. Specifically, Dr. King is responsible for the oversight of all veterinary medical care and husbandry services across campus and at U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint; helping ensure compliance with all federal laws, guidelines, and institutional policies concerning the use of animals in research; guidance and oversight of ULAM’s academic teaching and research programs; and providing veterinary medical advice to the U-M research community.
Dr. King brings 30+ years of experience in animal care and use to the U-M. Most recently, he served concurrently as the Attending Veterinarian; Associate Vice President - Research Services; and Director, Research Resource Facilities at the University of Louisville. After completing his education and residency training at Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, he was appointed as the Veterinary Medical Officer and Director of the Veterinary Medical Unit at four VA Medical Centers in the greater Chicago area, including the Hines VA Hospital in Maywood, Illinois.
Dr. King has been associated with AAALAC International since 1998, including membership on the Council on Accreditation from 2004-2016, where he held leadership positions of Section Leader, Vice President, and President. During his tenure, he performed reviews of ~100 institutional animal care and use programs throughout the United States, Japan, and China. His research interests include the study of parvovirus and papillomavirus in laboratory mice, flow cytometric analysis of non-mammalian blood cells, and developing institutional compliance oversight.