Kristin Welch, DVM, DACVECC

Critical Care, Chief of Emergency Medicine

An avid lover of small animals and horses, Dr. Kristin Welch always wanted to be a veterinarian. “Working in veterinary medicine is a perfect combination of people, pets and science.  I love what I do because no two days are the same,” says Dr. Welch, who completed her undergraduate studies in biology in 2001 at Framingham State College in Massachusetts.

Dr. Welch received a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University and went on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with Honors in 2005.  In 2005 Dr. Welch received the  Small Animal Clinical Proficiency Award from Michigan State University, the Wade O. Brinker Orthopedic Surgery Award, and was awarded membership in the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society in 2004.  She completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. “My first rotation in vet school was in emergency and critical care and I’ve never looked back,” says Dr. Welch, who performed a Residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at Tufts University from 2006 to 2010.  Dr. Welch received her Board Certification by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2011. Her clinical interests include cardiovascular disease, hypercoagulability, transfusion medicine, acute kidney injury and trauma.

Dr. Welch's extensive training, credentials and experience in emergency and critical care have allowed CVRC to become the only Level I-certified emergency care center in the Southeast, as designated by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS).  Additionally, CVRC has the ONLY Board Certified Emergency and Critical Care Specialists in South Carolina.  Her expertise, in collaboration with our clinical team, gives CVRC with the capability to diagnose and treat the most complicated and difficult medical and surgical cases, providing the best chance for successful outcomes.  With the talents of Dr. Welch, we are committed to remaining the region’s hospital of choice for emergency and critical care.

Dr. Welch 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. Welch is very active in the veterinary community and is passionate about teaching veterinarians, veterinary technicians, students, and pet owners.  She frequently lectures on emergency and critical care topics nationally.

Dr. Welch and her husband, CVRC emergency veterinarian, Dr. Torres have two children.  Dr. Welch enjoys running, photography, gardening, home improvement projects, and spending time with her family; which includes Sophie, a chihuahua and Cooper, a lab mix.

Education / Experience: 

2011-presentCritical Care Specialist - Charleston Veterinary Referral Center
2011Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
2007-2008Emergency Veterinarian - Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties, Walpole, MA
2006-2010Residency - Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
2005-2006Internship - Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
2005Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, East Lansing, MI
2003Bachelor of Science - Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
1997-2001Undergraduate Studies - Biology, Framingham State College, Framingham, MA

Publications

Dominic M. Barfield BSc (Hons), BVSc (Hons), MVetMed, DACVECC, MRCVS; Michael S. Tivers BVSc, PhD, DECVS, MRCVS; Matthew Holahan DVM, PhD; Kristin Welch DVM, DACVECC; Arthur House BSc, BVMS (Hons), PhD, DECVS and Sophie E. Adamantos, BVSc DACVECC, MRCVS.  Retrospective evaluation of tertiary septic peritonitis in dogs (2000-2011): 41 cases.  Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. (In review)

Welch KM, Rozanski EA, Freeman LM and Rush JE.  Prospective Evaluation of Tissue Plasminogen Activator in 11 Cats with Aortic Thromboembolism.  Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery 12 (2); February 2010.

Welch KM, Drobatz K.  Feline Panleukopenia: A Retrospective Study of 54 Cases (1999-2005).  Proceedings for the 12th International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium, San Antonio, TX. Sept. 2006.

Welch KM. ‘Feline Asthma’ and ‘Sampling of the Respiratory Tract’. Proceedings for the 7th Annual Emergency and Critical Care Symposium: Respiratory Emergencies. Tufts University CE Lecture Series. Nov. 7, 2010.

Welch KM. Emergency Management of Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage. Proceedings for the 6th Annual Emergency and Critical Care Symposium: Abdominal Emergencies, Tufts CE Lecture Series. Nov. 2009. 

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Lectures

Charleston Veterinary Referral Center and South Carolina Association of Veterinarians Continuing Education Seminars - 2011-present

Southeast Veterinary Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC - 2013, 2014

Virginia Academy of Small Animal Medicine, Roanoke, VA - 2012, 2014

North Carolina Companion Animal Academy, Charlotte, NC - 2012, 2014

Ralph Lees Great Smokies Veterinary Conference, Asheville, NC - 2012, 2013

Lowcountry Veterinary Conference, Charleston, SC - 2011

First Flight Veterinary Conference, Kitty Hawk, NC - 2011

7th Annual Emergency and Critical Care Symposium: Respiratory Emergencies. Tufts University CE Lecture Series. N. Grafton, MA - 2010

6th Annual Emergency and Critical Care Symposium: Abdominal Emergencies, Tufts University CE Lecture Series. N. Grafton, MA - 2009

International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium, San Antonio, TX - 2006