Assistant Vice President for Research - Animal Resources
As Assistant Vice President for Research - Animal Resources, Dr. King works closely with the U-M Vice President for Research, along with other campus 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 the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM), King partners 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 has over 30 years of experience in animal care and use, most recently serving concurrent roles 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.
Dr. King's 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.
- BS (Biology), Rhodes College
- DVM, Louisiana State University
- PhD (Veterinary Medical Science), Louisiana State University
- Diplomate, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
- King, W. W., St. Amant, L.G., and Lee, W.R.: A technique for serial spermatozoa collection in mice. Lab. Anim. Sci. 44:3, 295-296, 1994.
- Gaunt, S.D., Prescott-Mathews, J.S., King, W.W., and Scholl, D.T. Clinical hematology practices at veterinary teaching hospitals and private diagnostic laboratories. Vet. Clin. Pathol. 24:2, 64-67, 1995.
- King, W.W., Lemarié, S.L., Veazey, R.S., and Hodgin, E.C.: Superficial spreading pyoderma and ulcerative dermatitis in a ferret. J. Vet. Dermatol. 7:1, 43-47, 1996.
- Walter, J.S., Riedy, L., King, W.W., Wheeler, J.S., Najafi, K., Anderson, C.L., Gudausky, T.M., and Dokmeci, M.: Short-term bladder wall response to implantation of microstimulators. J. Spinal Cord Med. 20:3, 319-323, 1997.
- King, W.W., Dial, S.M., and Bivin, W.S.: Quaternary-ammonium induced cutaneous and gastrointestinal lesions in a dog. Contemp. Top. Lab. Anim. Sci. 38:2, 23-27, 1999.
- Walter, J.S., Wheeler, J.S., Cai, W., King, W.W., and Wurster, R.D.: Evaluation of a suture electrode for direct bladder stimulation in a lower motor neuron lesioned animal model. IEEE Trans. Rehabil. Eng. 7:2, 159-166, 1999 [abstract also appeared in J. Spinal Cord Med. 21:4, 366-367, 1998].
- Walter, J.S., Andros, G.J., Griffin, J.H., King, W.W., Trockman, B.A., Norris, J.P., and Wheeler, J.S.: Modified alpha wrap techniques for dynamic urethral graciloplasty in an animal model. Techniques Urol. 5: 4, 214-218, 1999.
- Khan, T., Havey, R.M., Sayers, S.T., Patwardhan, A., and King, W.W.: Animal models of spinal cord contusion injuries. Lab. Anim. Sci. 49:2, 161-172, 1999.
- King, W. W., Young, M.E., and Fox, M.E.: Multiple congenital genitourinary anomalies in a goat. Contemp. Top. Lab. Anim. Sci. 41:5, 39-42, 2002.
- Burke, D.A., Magnuson, D.S.K, Nunn, C.D., Fentress, K.G., Wilson, M.L., Shum-Siu, A.H., Moore, M.C., Turner, L.E., King, W.W., and Onifer, S.M.: Use of environmentally-enriched housing for rats following spinal cord injury: the need for standardization. J. Amer. Assoc. Lab. Anim. Sci. 46:2, 34-41, 2007.
- Joh, J., Jenson, A.B., King, W.W., Proctor, M.L., Ingle, A., Sundberg, J.P., and Ghim, S.J.: Genomic analysis of the first laboratory Mouse Papillomavirus (MusPV). J. Gen. Virol. 92:3, 692-698, 2011.
- Joh, J., Proctor, M.L., Ditslear, J.L., King, W.W., Sundberg, J.P., Jenson, A.B., and Ghim, S.J.: Epidemiological and phylogenetic analysis of institutional mouse parvoviruses. Exper. Mol. Pathol. 95: 32-37, 2013.