Keith Poulsen


Ph.D., Comparative Biomedical Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
DVM, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Departments & Organizations

Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory;
Department of Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Focus

Cattle health and zoonotic infectious diseases


Keith Poulsen is the diagnostic case and outreach coordinator at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. He also holds a second appointment as a clinical assistant professor in the Medical Sciences Department at the School of Veterinary Medicine and practices as a specialist in Large Animal Internal Medicine in the UW Veterinary Care Large Animal Teaching Hospital.

Poulsen is a Wisconsin native and earned a B.S. in biochemistry (2000) and DVM (2004) at the University of Wisconsin.  He interned at North Carolina State University in the Food Animal Medicine and Surgery Program prior to returning to Wisconsin for his residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine and earned diplomate status from ACVIM in 2008.

Following clinical training, Poulsen earned a Ph.D. in comparative biomedicalsciences from UW in 2012.  He spent two years at Oregon State University as a faculty member in Large Animal Internal Medicine and returned to the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.

Poulsen has special interests in cattle health and zoonotic infectious diseases.  He also has an active role at GHI with a current focus on cattle health in Ecuador.