Meet the Palm Beach Equine Clinic Team: Dr. Santiago Demierre

Dr. Santiago Demierre mainly focuses on equine performance medicine and specializes in the prevention and treatment of lameness in sport horses. Originally from Argentina, Dr. Demierre completed a certification program called the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) through the American Veterinary Medicine Association to validate his degree in the United States. Dr. Demierre completed an internship at PBEC and went on to become a staff veterinarian.

What is your background with horses?

When I was little my father used to have racehorses and train them. I would spend hours with him and the horses at the farm. Later on, I had friends who worked with cows, and I also played a little polo.

Where are you originally from, and where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
I am from San Antonio de Areco, which is a small town in Argentina. I went to vet school at Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Dr. Santiago Demierre

Photo courtesy of PBEC

What inspired you to become an equine veterinarian?

I am not sure what exactly inspired me. I was always very interested in animals in general, not only horses. I have had the idea of becoming a veterinarian since I was five or six years old. I wanted to be able to spend as much time with animals as I could. I never thought of any alternative careers.

What advice would you give someone who wants to become an equine veterinarian?
I would tell them it is a great career, but to be aware that there is a lot of work and continuous studying ahead.

What does a typical day look like for you at PBEC?

I drive from barn to barn all day and look at lameness and performance horse cases mostly.

Dr. Santiago Demierre taking an x-ray. 

Photo by Erin Gilmore Photography

What do you enjoy most about working at PBEC?

The team at PBEC is made up of great veterinarians and great friends. There is always somebody from whom you can learn something new every day. Also, it is awesome to be in contact with the world’s top equine athletes. That is what I enjoy most about being part of the team at PBEC—working on performance horse cases. More specifically, I really like preventing and treating lameness in sport horses.

When not at PBEC, what do you enjoy doing or where can we find you?

I love outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, and running as a workout. I also love cooking and red wine.