Our Veterinary Team in Miami, FL
Luis E. Augsten, DVM
Owner | Veterinarian
Dr. Augsten’s passion for veterinary medicine started at an early age, combining his love of the natural world, science, and the animal kingdom with his admiration for his father’s work as a cardiologist and his mother’s deep compassionate spirit for animals. In college, he began working as a volunteer with the Marine Mammal Rescue Unit at FIU (now the Marine Animal Rescue Society), and with various veterinary hospitals in the Miami area. He joined Country Club Animal Hospital in 1996 as a member of the kennel staff. By the end of 1999, he had worked his way up to technician when one of the practice’s veterinarians at the time, Dr. Walton A. Smith, encouraged him to look into Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. After completing his education in 2003, Dr. Augsten returned to the practice that inspired his career from the start.
In addition to small-animal soft-tissue surgery, internal medicine, and dermatology, Dr. Augsten enjoys working hand-in-hand with clients, making sure they understand their pets’ needs and how they can be involved in ensuring excellent health. Clients appreciate his kind, patient demeanor and his willingness to tailor treatments and solutions so that they work best for the animal and their family. After many years building these kinds of relationships with clients, Dr. Augsten had the opportunity to take over ownership of Country Club Animal Hospital when its founder, Dr. Bailey, retired in 2016. As the current practice owner, Dr. Augsten oversees all staff, patient care, and business operations and is excited to continue Country Club Animal Hospital’s tradition of excellence.
Dr. Augsten grew up in Miami and loves spending time at the beach, swimming, snorkeling and fishing, skating, and being outdoors with his wife, their two daughters, and their dog, Harvey, a Havanese.
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, 2003
Veterinary Clinical Year at University of Florida 2002-2003
Languages: English, Spanish
Jim Bogdansky, DVM
A Miami resident since the age of 6, Dr. Bogdansky has been an integral member of the Country Club Animal Hospital team, almost since his graduation from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine with honors in 1990. Though he initially wanted to specialize in large exotic cats such as lions and tigers, Dr. Bogdansky also had a strong interest in small animal surgery and internal medicine during his studies, and realized there were more opportunities to serve a wider variety of people and pets in a traditional veterinary setting. Today, Dr. Bogdansky maintains his interest in surgery, but also enjoys internal medicine, dermatology, cardiology, endocrinology, and overall pet health management.
Dr. Bogdansky is known for his ability to nurture pets and clients alike with his devotion to superior care and his empathy for the pet-parent relationship. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Bogdansky loves family, fishing, and music. His wife of more than 25 years is a pianist and vocalist trained at the University of Miami, which his son now also attends as a music major. Together, they all enjoy going to concerts, traveling, and raising a variety of different pets and animals, including dogs, cats, birds, turtles, snakes, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, ducks, and even a skunk.
University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine, 1990
Perdro J. Figueroa, DVM
Earned DVM in 2017 from Ross University and spent his clinical year at Purdue University. Dr. Figueroa has been around animals since he was a baby, and has always enjoyed their company. Being a veterinarian was his dream for a very long time; he still has a homework assignment from 1st grade in which he claimed he wanted to help animals and help people when he grew up, so he definitely made the right choice! He has a Bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and was fortunate to have different career paths to choose from. Yet, he was always drawn back to being a veterinarian, even if it meant having to leave his home island of Puerto Rico (he was born and raised in the small town of Yauco).
Dr. Figueroa is very enthusiastic about learning and teaching. He enjoys helping pet owners understand what is going on with their pets, the steps needed to help them get better (whenever possible), and how we can give our pets the best quality of life. He is also honored to have the ability to serve others and do the work he does every day.
When it comes to hobbies, Dr. Figueroa enjoys working out, playing soccer and American football, spending time with his family, going to the beach, traveling, and collecting coffee cups from every city he travels to.
Dr. Figueroa and his wife Stefany have 3 pets: a domestic shorthair named Fifi, adopted from the Dominican Republic; a Maltese named Spike, adopted from Miami; and a Beagle mix named Dixie, who was adopted in Indiana.