William King to lead UM’s animal care and compliance programs
William W. King has been named associate vice president for research in which he will help lead efforts to ensure teams at the University of Michigan maintain the highest standards of animal welfare in the conduct of the research and teaching.
His five-year appointment as Associate Vice President for Research – Animal Care and Use Program, which includes newly expanded roles and responsibilities, was approved July 21 by the Board of Directors. The Animal Care and Use program is overseen by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Faculty of Medicine.
King joined UM in 2018 as assistant vice president for research at OVPR, and he will continue his dual role as an academic veterinarian and executive director of the laboratory animal medicine unit at the Medical School.
“The University of Michigan is home to one of the nation’s oldest and most recognized programs for laboratory animal medicine,” King said. “I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to support a research community of this size and prestige by answering important scientific questions through the compassionate and humane use of animals.”
The judicious and responsible use of animals in research spans a variety of fields – from medicine, dentistry and engineering to public health, kinesiology and sustainability – and has led to many scientific breakthroughs to improve human and animal health.
These advancements would not be possible without the proper care of laboratory animals, King said, which includes a commitment to the highest standards of animal welfare, as well as compliance with all rules and regulations that govern the use of animals in research.
As Associate Vice President for Research, King will work with the Assistant Vice President for Research – Animal Program Compliance Oversight, and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee to provide strategic leadership and oversight. common vision for safeguarding animal welfare across UM. King will also work with the OVPR leadership team to ensure programmatic compliance in all aspects of the academic research enterprise that involve the use of animals.
King has more than 30 years of experience in laboratory animal operations and management, which includes leadership positions at the University of Louisville and all four Veterans Administration Medical Centers in the greater region. from Chicago. He earned doctorates in veterinary medicine and veterinary medical sciences from Louisiana State University.
“When we have the great privilege of working with animals to help solve some of society’s most complex challenges, our responsibility to conduct safe and ethical research is only magnified,” said Rebecca Cunningham, Vice -President of Research and William G. Barsan Collegiate. Professor of Emergency Medicine.
“Dr. King’s knowledge and experience in laboratory animal medicine plays a vital role in developing institutional programs, policies, and procedures to help ensure that all faculty, staff, and students who work with animals do so with the utmost care and respect.