A 1980 graduate of the University of Naples, Italy with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Miele spent the first year of his Veterinary career working with Standardbreds at Yonkers and Meadowlands Raceway. From there, he worked at several animal hospitals in Brooklyn New York. In 1985, Dr Miele opened his first Animal Hospital in Bensonhurst Brooklyn, where he then embarked on a career in Veterinary Medicine as well as the concept of a team approach to formation of Animal Hospitals. He decided to use the term Veterinary Group in an effort to stress this concept. The idea was very simple; all the team (Group) members brought different strengths to the practice. This in turn created a practice, which offered more diverse services as well as expanded office/emergency hours. This innovative concept was so successful that over the next ten-year period, Dr. Miele with the Group opened seven other hospitals.