Rodrigo Vazquez Del Mercado


has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1987. Immediately following his graduation from veterinary school he started an Equine Medicine Internship under the guidance of Dr. Dan Evans at Escondido Veterinary Hospital. After his internship Dr. Vazquez was awarded a scholarship which allowed him the opportunity to attend the Master’s program of Preventative Veterinary Medicine at University of California at Davis. After completing his Masters degree, he went into the equine internal medicine residency program at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis, under the mentorship of Drs. Gary Carlson and John Madigan. Following his residency he then joined the faculty of the veterinary school of the University of Baja California in Mexico, where he organized and directed the construction of their equine hospital, including a surgical suite and intensive care units. After four years of teaching equine medicine and surgery he returned to the UC Davis to complete an equine surgery residency. Dr. Vazquez received his board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. After his residency Dr. Vazquez stayed as stuff surgeon at the Veterinary Medical teaching Hospital at UC Davis. Later on Dr. Vazquez moved on, into practice private practice equine medicine and surgery.
Dr. Vazquez is the founder of Equine Surgical Services Inc. (ESS), a sports medicine and surgical referral practice. ESS operates out of Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC), which is located in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe, CA. just a few miles from the Del Mar Race track. Dr. Vazquez works with all breeds of horses, with particular emphasis in the dressage and hunter/jumper disciplines.