North American Veterinary Heart Center Hosts Official Grand Opening for the World’s Most Advanced Veterinary Cardiology and Heart Surgery Center

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Jupiter heart center brings world-class cardiac team for dogs and cats.

World's Most Advanced Veterinary Cardiology and Heart Surgery Center

“It’s one thing to simply treat cardiac disease. That’s great, but we have a rare opportunity to lead significant advances in treatment and intervention, providing our patients with more options and better outcomes,” said Giovanni Di Stadio who serves the Heart Center as President and CEO.

They came, they saw and they were inspired.

More than one hundred animal lovers and local officials, including Jupiter Mayor Todd Wodroska, turned out for a recent ribbon cutting and open house at North American Veterinary Heart Center.

“Being here and being able to offer these options to pet owners is a dream come true,” said Dr. Augusta Pelosi, the Heart Center’s medical director and co-founder. “We are very unique in that our focus is on cardiology and surgery.”

The North American Veterinary Heart Center is one of the few specialty clinics of its kind in the world.

And it draws its inspiration from a Shih Tzu named Bella who succumbed to congestive heart failure before her humans could find a specialist to treat her.

“As we wiped away our tears, we saw an opportunity to create something meaningful in the aftermath of Bella’s death,” said Giovanni Di Stadio, one of Bella’s two humans and co-founder of the Heart Center. “I knew I had to do something.”

That something was ensuring that other animal companions would not have to suffer while waiting for life-saving cardiac care.

Mr. Di Stadio’s research for Bella’s care led him to Dr. Pelosi, the world’s only double board-certified specialist in veterinary cardiology and veterinary surgery with a specialization in cardiac surgery.

“We talked on the phone for hours about our common goal, our vision, our strong desire to help these little creatures in a way that has not been completely explored before,” Dr. Pelosi said. “It felt like our words were flowing in unison throughout our conversation, as we realized we shared a passion and vision for transforming veterinary cardiac healthcare.”

Together, they have created a state-of-the-art Heart Center that provides advanced surgical care (heart surgery), management of cardiac patients (cardiology) and world-class leading treatments with a goal of providing heart patients longer lives.

Mr. Di Stadio, who serves the Heart Center as president and CEO, said he and Dr. Pelosi wanted to take veterinary cardiology and heart surgery to the next level.

“It’s one thing to simply treat cardiac disease. That’s great, but we have a rare opportunity to lead significant advances in treatment and intervention, providing our patients with more options and better outcomes ,” he said.

The Heart Center also serves as an incubator for research, and innovation for new advanced surgical procedures, pharmacology and medical device creation for the growing global pet care industry. That dedication to research and innovation makes it a natural fit in Palm Beach County, a global hub that also is home to Scripps Research Institute-Florida, MaxPlanck Florida Institute for Neuroscience and Jupiter Medical Center, which in turn is affiliated with New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital.

North American Veterinary Heart Center is at 1680 S. Central Blvd., Suite 112, Jupiter. For more information, visit or call 561-250-6580.

About Dr. Pelosi: The world’s only dual board-certified veterinary specialist in Veterinary Cardiology and Surgery, Dr. Augusta Pelosi was born and raised in Italy. Dr. Pelosi attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Universitá di Pisa and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Erasmus program) and earned her DVM degree from the Universitá di Pisa.

Upon moving to the United States in 2001, she has obtained the ECFVG certification. Dr. Pelosi has completed a small animal rotating internship at the Cumming’s School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She has continued her education with a surgery and cardiology residency at Michigan State University where she remained as a professor in cardiology until 2016.

Dr. Pelosi is a Diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology) (ACVIM) and Surgery (ACVS). She has taught veterinary students, interns and residents for over 15 years, she has contributed to research advancement in cardiac surgery and has been actively involved in several academic leadership positions. Dr. Pelosi also created and directed the Michigan State University – Veterinary Open Heart Team.

She is actively involved in several committees within ACVIM and ACVS. She has worked as both a surgeon and cardiologist consultant for several companies. She has authored several publications and book chapters. Outside of work, she is a certified yoga instructor.

For media inquiries, telephone Jack E. Lighton at 561-386-8606.

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