Robert Keegan, Jr., DVM, DACVAA

Professor, Veterinary Medicine

About Dr. Keegan

Dr. Rob Keegan has over 30 years of clinical anesthesia, research, and teaching experience at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels and served as the anesthesia section head at the Washington State University (WSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital for over 15 years. Before returning to academia, Dr. Keegan was an associate veterinarian in private practice. He has extensive research experience in the cardiovascular effects of anesthetics and exercise physiology and over 25 years of computer programming experience with medical simulations and physiologic data acquisition. In 2016 Dr. Keegan transitioned out of clinical anesthesia and became a founding faculty member of the WSU Simulation-Based Education Section, where he taught anesthesia, physiology and critical care laboratories using immersive simulation. In 2021, Dr. Keegan joined the faculty of the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine and has enjoyed integrating immersive simulation throughout the veterinary curriculum.


  • Board Certification - Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, 1991.
  • Residency in Veterinary Anesthesiology, Cornell University, 1988.
  • D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine
    • Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, United States
  • B.S. Animal Science
    • Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, United States

Professional Interests

  • Research
    • Evaluation of the Teaching Efficacy of Immersive Simulation in Veterinary Anesthesia and Critical Care.
  • Teaching
    • Teaching Anesthesia and Critical Care Through the Use of Immersive SimulationTeaching Anesthesia and Mechanical Ventilation Through the Use Of Computer Simulations