Arnaldo Torres, DVM

Emergency Medicine

Growing up in Puerto Rico, Arnaldo Torres loved animals, and in school he loved science.  It was after his family’s Boxer, who cut himself chasing birds, 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 hadn’t thought of becoming a veterinarian.  But once the idea took hold, it seemed meant to be.”

After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Purdue, Dr. Torres stayed on to complete his Master of Science in Physiology (Animal Science).  He then studied for a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies, from 2000 to 2004, serving his clinical year at Kansas State University. Dr. Torres was accepted for a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Michigan State from 2004 to 2005.  “I initially set out to do internal medicine, but during my internship I found my passion was for emergency medicine,” explains Dr. Torres who enjoys, “the fast pace and thinking on my feet.”

Following graduation, he continued his pursuit of emergency medicine in Philadelphia as an emergency veterinarian at Metropolitan Veterinary Associates and Emergency Services until 2006.   Dr. Torres then moved to Massachusetts, where he continued his work as an emergency clinician at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital.

“I love the team environment that serves as the core of the CVRC philosophy,” explains Dr. Torres, who joined Charleston Veterinary Referral Center in 2011.  “The ability to provide quality care and work closely with high-caliber specialists, allows me not only to enjoy my job, but continue to grow as a veterinary professional.”

Dr. Torres is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), South Carolina Association of Veterinarians (SCAV) and the Trident Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA).

Dr. Torres and his wife, CVRC Emergency and Critical Care Veterinarian Dr. Kristin Welch, have two children, Micheala and Brendan.  Dr. Torres enjoys spending time outside with his family--both in the water and ashore on South Carolina’s beautiful beaches.

Education / Experience: 

2011-presentEmergency Veterinarian - Charleston Veterinary Referral Center
2006-2010Emergency Veterinarian - Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital, Woburn, MA
2005-2006Emergency Veterinarian - Metropolitan Veterinary Associates and Emergency Services, Valley Forge, PA
2004-2005Internship - Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, East Lansing, MI
2004Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Kitts, West Indies
2000Master of Science - Physiology (Animal Science), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1998Bachelor of Science - Animal Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN