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William King, DVM, PhD, DACLAM

Associate Vice President for Research – Animal Care and Use Program

Attending Veterinarian, University of Michigan, Executive Director, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM), Clinical Professor, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM)

Faculty Veterinarian, Program Leadership, ULAM Faculty

Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM)

[email protected]


As Associate Vice President for Research – Animal Care and Use Program, 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 safeguarding animal welfare across U-M.

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 programmatic compliance across all aspects of the university research enterprise that involve the use of animals. 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 to 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.

King, who joined U-M in 2018 as an assistant vice president for research within the Office of the Vice President for Research, has over 30 years of experience in laboratory animal operations and management. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Rhodes College in Tennessee and doctoral degrees in veterinary medicine and veterinary medical science from Louisiana State University.

After completing his education and residency training at Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. King was appointed 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. Prior to joining U-M, he served concurrently as the Attending Veterinarian; Associate Vice President – Research Services; and Director, Research Resource Facilities at the University of Louisville.

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.

Professional Background

  • BS (Biology), Rhodes College
  • DVM, Louisiana State University
  • PhD (Veterinary Medical Science), Louisiana State University
  • Diplomate, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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].
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

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