The team at St. Francis Animal Hospital is comprised of highly trained and experienced animal health professionals who have a genuine love for working with pets. Our staff treats every patient with the highest quality of medical care as well as a gentle touch.

Dr. Frank Battiato opened St Francis Animal Hospital in Brooklyn in 1998 with his partner and classmate in veterinary school Dr. Steven Brigande. They went on to open St Francis Animal Hospital of Staten Island in 2012 with a third partner and Ross University Alumni Dr. Joseph Augello. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a BS in Biology, and graduated Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. His first 7 years after Veterinary School he practiced in a 24 hour emergency hospital. He developed his routine medicine skills during the day practice, and his Surgical and emergency skills during the overnight shifts. He has a wife, Maria,a daughter Julianna, 2 dogs, and a cat that they rescued and hand raised. His wife Maria is a Personal Trainer and a Group Fitness instructor, so she keeps him very active. He is a sports fan and follows the Yankees, and enjoys car shows, both classic and exotic. Family, fitness, furry friends, and fun describe what he enjoys most in life.


Dr. Steven T. Brigande is a founding member of St. Francis Animal Hospital, P.C., established in 1998. He received his B.S. degree in Biology from Fairfield University. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University, where he graduated with High Honors. He is a member of the A.V.M.A., the New York State V.M.A, A.A.H.A. as well as The New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Brigande has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of parasitic and allergic skin diseases in the dog and cat. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys Yankee games at the stadium. In his spare time he enjoys collecting memorabilia related to Babe Ruth and Roger Maris. He is an individual who lives with passion and is devoted to his family, faith and the patients and clients he provides service to.


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