Dr. Kristin Welch is co-founder and Medical Director of New River Veterinary Specialists. A 2005 graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine with Honors, Dr. Welch received the top honor of the Small Animal Clinical Proficiency Award as well as the Wade O. Brinker Orthopedic Surgery Award. Following an Internship in Medicine and Surgery at University of Pennsylvania in 2006, she completed a residency in Emergency and Critical Care at Tufts University in 2010. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
Dr. Welch relocated after residency to Charleston, SC where she helped grow the Southeast’s first and only VECCS Level I Emergency and Critical Care certified hospital as Chief of Emergency and Critical Care. After spending a decade proudly serving the veterinarians, clients and pets of the Charleston region, Dr. Welch is excited to be leading the team at New River Veterinary Specialists to become a regional center of excellence for Beaufort and Jasper Counties.
Dr. Welch enjoys complicated anesthetic cases and patients with multiple metabolic, endocrine, cardiac, respiratory and other comorbidities. She is proficient in mechanical ventilation, dialysis and interventional procedures including tracheal stent placement. Dr. Welch is passionate about diagnostic abdominal, thoracic and cervical ultrasound and enjoys upper GI endoscopy and endoscopic foreign body retrieval. Dr. Welch has an equal love for Internal Medicine and Emergency Critical Care. Her clinical interests are trauma and fluid resuscitation, transfusion medicine, metabolic cases and respiratory emergencies.
Dr. Welch loves solving complicated case, decoding clinical data and most of all, helping her veterinary colleagues succeed in their drive to provide the highest caliber medicine possible to their patients. Her love of teaching, passion about all things veterinary medicine and dedicationto the field of emergency and critical care led her to develop DVM STAT Consulting, a platform for veterinarian education serving veterinarians across the United States. Dr. Welch has been an active lecturer since 2006 and loves teaching students, veterinarians and veterinary technicians. She has been an adjunct lecturer for the Veterinary Technology Program at TridentTechnical College. She also has taught internationally through the online platform VetScope. She has published in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery and Clinical Veterinary Advisor. Dr. Welch is on the Veterinary Professionals’ NextGen NEXTBOARD as an advisor and mentor to the new generation of veterinarians.
Outside of work, she loves paddle boarding, sunsets, photography, painting and spending time with her family.