Michael Court

Michael Court

ProfessorWilliam R. Jones Endowed Professor 509-335-0817

Dr Michael H. Court, BVSc, PhD, DACVAA is a Professor and current holder of the William R. Jones Endowed Chair at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman. Dr Court graduated with a veterinary degree from the University of Queensland in 1981. He went on to complete a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Sydney in 1982, followed by a clinical anesthesia residency and board certification at Tufts University in 1987. After obtaining his PhD degree in 2000, Dr Court joined the faculty of the Pharmacology Department at Tufts Medical School, and led an NIH-funded laboratory that focused on the pharmacogenomics of drug metabolizing enzymes in people. In 2012, he was recruited to Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine as part of their newly founded research Program in Individualized Medicine (PrIMe). Dr Court’s research interests primarily involve investigating the genetics of drug response in people and companion animals. This work has been funded by over 44 research grants, totalling over 12 million dollars from the National Institutes of Health, AKC-Canine Health Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, and other institutional, corporate, and private sources. This funding has resulted in over 177 peer reviewed publications. His most recent accomplishment has been the development and commercialization of the first genetic test to identify dogs at risk for developing potentially fatal bleeding after major surgery.


  • PhD, Tufts University, 2000
  • Anesthesia Residency, Tufts University, 1985
  • Small Animal Internship, Sydney University, 1982
  • BVSc, The University of Queensland, 1981


  • Board certified, American College of Anesthesia and Analgesia, (Diplomate ACAA), 1987

Research Interests

  • Genetics of drug response
  • Adverse drug reactions
  • Drug-drug interactions
  • Drug metabolism
  • Precision medicine


Honors and Awards

  • Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence, 2015
  • Frank K. Ramsey Invited Lectureship, 2014
  • William R. Jones Endowed Chair in Medicine, 2012