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Arnaldo Torres, DVM (Emergency and Critical Care )

Emergency Veterinarian

Growing up in Puerto Rico, Arnaldo Torres loved animals, and in school, loved science.  However, it was only after an incident involving his family’s Boxer, who cut himself while chasing birds in the backyard, that Dr. Torres’ mother suggested he become a veterinarian.  “I grabbed the first aid kit and started to bandage Duke’s wound,” says Dr. Torres.  “I was still in middle school and for some reason hadn’t thought of becoming a veterinarian.  But once the idea took hold, it was like it was meant to be.”

After receiving his Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Purdue University, Dr. Torres stayed on to complete his Master of Science in Physiology (Animal Science).  He then studied for his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at Ross University in St. Kits, West Indies, from 2000 to 2004, serving his clinical year at Kansas State University from 2003 to 2004.

Dr. Torres was accepted for a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Michigan State University from 2004 to 2005.  “I initially set out to do internal medicine, but it was during my internship that I found my passion for emergency medicine,” explains Dr. Torres, who enjoys, “the fast pace and thinking on my feet.”

Upon graduation, Dr. Torres continued his pursuit of emergency medicine in Philadelphia, where he was an emergency clinician at Metropolitan Veterinary Associates and Emergency Services until 2006.  From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Torres worked as an emergency clinician at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital.

“I love the team environment that serves as the core behind the CVRC philosophy,” explains Dr. Torres, who joins Charleston Veterinary Referral Center as an emergency veterinarian.  “The ability to provide quality care and to work closely with high-caliber specialists, allows me to not only enjoy my job, but continue to improve and grow as a veterinary professional.”

A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Torres enjoys providing continuing education and mentorship of emergency clinicians, residents and interns.

Dr. Torres and his wife, CVRC Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian Dr. Kristin Welch, have two children, Micheala and Brendan.  Boston, a Lab/Shepherd mix, and Sophie the Chihuahua, round out the Torres-Welch family.  Dr. Torres is looking forward to spending more time outside with his family both in the water—and on the shores— of the beautiful South Carolina beaches.


2006-2010          Emergency Clinician, Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, Woburn, MA

2005-2006          Emergency Clinician, Metropolitan Veterinary Associates and Emergency Services, Valley Forge, PA

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