Dr McKeever attended the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and received his degree in 1968. He also went on to receive a Masters degree in Cardiovascular Surgery from Washington State University in 1970.
Dr McKeever founded the U of M college of Veterinary Medicine Dermatology Program in 1971 and served as primary Dermatology Professor from 1971-1998.
He is a longstanding member of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology and was its president from 1991-1993. He is also co-author of a problem based book on veterinary dermatology for the small animal practitioner.