Luise King, DVM, PhD

Luise King, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor of Practice

About Dr. King

Dr. Luise King is originally from South Africa and was raised on a small dairy farm.  She received her B.S. in Animal Science in 2005 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 from the University of Missouri.  After spending a few months in a mixed animal externship, Dr. King returned to academia and completed her PhD in Biomedical Science at the University of Missouri.  Her research work investigated the critical role of brainstem neurons in cardiorespiratory physiology.  Dr. King is the author of several publications that detail the neural mechanisms activated during cardiorespiratory challenges.

Dr. King is interested in evidence-based medicine and learning the newest treatment techniques for conditions and diseases.  Her main interest in veterinary medicine is to help clients understand the disease processes in their pets/animals through careful explanations and education.  She is passionate about teaching and has taught veterinary science students at the University of Arizona School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences and veterinary technology students at Pima Community College.

In her free time, Dr. King loves to spend time at a local non-profit organization, Therapeutic Ranch for Animal & Kids, where she helps care for rescued horses and other animals.  She enjoys outdoor activities, especially swimming, biking, and trail running.


  • Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences
    • The University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, United States
    • Neurons projecting to the Paraventricular Nucleus of the Hypothalamus are activated and contribute to cardiorespiratory responses to systemic acute hypoxia
  • D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine
    • The University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, United States
  • B.S. Animal Science
    • The University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, United States
    • Senior Thesis: Effects of Fescue Toxicosis on Physiological Variables

Professional Interests

  • Teaching
    • Anatomy, Physiology
    • Diseases of Companion Animals
    • Diseases of Wildlife
    • Equine Health Management
    • Mammalian Histology
    • Veterinary Pharmacology
    • One-Health,
    • Exotic animal medicine