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All About Dr. Pol

64 Fun Facts About America's Favorite Vet

Dr. Pol celebrating another successful calving!

Dr. Pol celebrating another successful calving! (View larger version)

Photograph by NGC / Michael Stankevich

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  • Before marrying his wife Diane, Dr. Pol considered moving to New Zealand to open up a veterinary practice.


  • Dr. Pol has rescued several Great Danes, rabbits, emus, and even a cow that he helped raise with his family.


  • Dr. Pol first practiced veterinary medicine in Harbor Beach, Michigan.


  • Dr. Pol’s favorite food is pork chops.


  • Dr. and Mrs. Pol purchase all of their beef and pork products from local farmers.


  • Charles was the watermelon-eating champion of Chippewa Hills High School in 1998.


  • Charles coached football at Chippewa Hills High School from 1998-2001.


  • Charles graduated from the University of Miami, Florida with a degree in communications in 2003.


  • Dr. Pol’s sister lives in Canada and used to run her own dairy farm.


  • Dr. Pol’s brother owned a dairy farm in the Netherlands.


  • Before driving Jeep Grand Cherokees, Dr. Pol used to drive station wagons to his farm calls.


  • Since Pol Veterinary Services opened in 1981, Dr. Pol has employed 13 veterinarians.


  • All three of Dr. Pol’s children have worked at his veterinary clinic.


  • Dr. Pol’s children have raised lambs, chickens, pigs, rabbits, and cows for the 4-H Fair.


  • Dr. Pol’s favorite sport is soccer.


  • Dr. Pol does not have an email account. His wife Diane, along with his staff members, answer all e-mail inquiries for Pol Veterinary Clinic.


  • Dr. Pol and Charles both own and proudly wear wooden clogs.


  • Dr. Pol and Charles frequently play chess on a chess set that Dr. Pol made as a child.


  • Dr. Pol makes his own beef jerky.


  • Dr. Pol uses a wood-burning stove to heat his house.


  • Dr. Pol has a phobia of heights.


  • Part of the town of Weidman, Michigan, where Pol Veterinary Services is located, is on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Reservation.


  • Dr. Pol has many clients who are Amish.


  • Dr. Pol has clients that drive from Detroit, which is a 3-hour drive, to come to his clinic.


  • Charles was named after his mother’s father and his middle name “Albert” is the name of Dr. Pol’s older brother who died in a motorcycle accident.


  • Dr. Pol and his wife Diane celebrate Saint Nicholas Day, which is the Dutch version of Christmas.


  • When Dr. Pol delivers a calf he always takes his shirt off. Why? “Because my skin is easier to clean than my clothes,” according to Dr. Pol.


  • Dr. Pol drove so fast to his farm calls that several times the production crew could not keep up with him and got lost as a result.


  • Diane Pol is the captain of the Pol Veterinary Service bowling team.


  • Dr. Pol and Diane Pol own peacocks, several chickens, three horses, doves, two dogs, and four cats.


  • Dr. Pol often donates his time and veterinary services to local 4-H clubs throughout central Michigan.


  • Charles Pol loves to read and write poetry. His favorite poets are Emily Dickenson and Walt Whitman.


  • Mrs. Pol is an only child.


  • Dr. Pol and Mrs. Pol used to host swimming classes at their pool.


  • Dr. and Mrs. Pol use an FCC licensed intercom to communicate from the clinic to his vehicles.


  • Dr. Pol imported his Friesian Horses from the Netherlands.


  • Two of Dr. Pol’s horses were trained by the Amish to pull carriages.


  • Dr. Pol purchased his Rolls Royce from a museum in Wales.


  • Due to water damage, Dr. Pol had to reconstruct the drywall on a large portion of his lake house twice.


  • Dr. Pol’s son Charles moved to Los Angeles in 2003.


  • Dr. Pol inherited several antique rifles from his father-in-law.


  • Dr. Pol owns a grandfather clock that was made by one of his Amish clients.


  • When not working with his father in Michigan, Charles Pol works in Hollywood, CA.


  • Dr. Pol refuses to eat any sort of tomato-based sauce.


  • Diane Pol has also worked as a sales consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics.


  • Diane Pol is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.


  • Diane Pol graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Education.


  • Except for pizza, Dr. Pol does not like Italian or Mexican food.


  • Dr. Pol is fluent in four languages – English, Dutch, French, and German.


  • When Dr. Pol was in veterinary school in the Netherlands, his textbooks were printed in German because Dutch translations of the material did not exist.


  • Dr. Pol is an avid car collector. Among the cars in his collection are a 1937 Rolls Royce, a 1999 Plymouth Prowler, and a 1981 “Back to the Future” DeLorean.


  • Dr. Pol’s son Charles was an intern for Hollywood legend, the late Sydney Pollack.


  • Dr. Pol and his wife Diane started their business out of their garage in 1981. The business has since grown and has amassed over 19,000 clients.


  • Diane Pol has a Master’s Degree in Special Reading and used to be a schoolteacher at Harbor Beach Elementary Schools.


  • Charles Pol is a certified Black Belt in Karate.


  • Dr. Pol grew up on a dairy farm in the Netherlands with his two brothers and three sisters.


  • Dr. Pol is color-blind. He has trouble with the colors green and brown.


  • Dr. and Mrs. Pol have been married for 44 years.


  • Dr. and Mrs. Pol helped design their log home themselves.


  • All of Dr. Pol's children are adopted. Their daughter Kathy and their son Charles from birth and their daughter Diane at the age of 18, after having been their foster child for ten years.


  • Graham Farms also operates a certified organic butcher shop where they process their own beef.


  • Three of the four boys in Dr. Pol's family are named Jan.


  • Dr. and Mrs. Pol have always owned a Great Dane since they were first married.


  • Dr. Pol is licensed to Practice Veterinary Medicine in the State of Michigan and The Netherlands.


27 comments
Hattie Jackson
Hattie Jackson

I would like to visit the farm, I enjoy looking at the show.

Kathy Johnson
Kathy Johnson

When is Dr. Pol coming back on TV?  I miss the show a lot!!!!!!

Diane Henn
Diane Henn

I love Dr. Pol's show and the animals he treats.  It give me a good feeling knowing they are being treated by the best vet on the planet. 

diane ditzler
diane ditzler

I love Dr. Pol and all his loving vet family.  He is a true inspiration to humans and animals a like. Please don't cancel his show! 

angela jackson
angela jackson

I love animals and obviously hope for the best regarding their treatment. But I assume the people attacking Dr.Pol for his methods do not eat factor produced meat or wear leather etc ?  I understand the need to protect animals but I think crucifying people like Dr Pol, then putting on your made in china leather shoes and then heading out to buy McDonalds is the height of hypocrisy. If you are going to champion for animal's rights the go for the jugular of the meat industry, not easier targets like Dr. Pol.

Wendy S.
Wendy S.

This show is my top favorite, followed by Dr Oakley, Yukon Vet!

Wendy S.
Wendy S.

I don't understand anyone not liking Italian food, but as far as I'm concerned, Dr Pol is the best!

Sandra Allred (nee Prestwich)
Sandra Allred (nee Prestwich)

I love your show and admire your family.  I have adopted cats, dogs, fish, rats, and a daughter (our extended family only makes boys so I had to "buy" one!)  I love your work ethic and your love for all animals!  I have a degree in biology with a secondary teaching certificate and then one in nursing.  I am also a master gardener so I nurture and tend many many plants including flowers, vegetables and fruit!!  I love Dr Brenda and Dr Sandra, Charles and Diane too! I enjoyed reading the facts above also.  I hope you are blessed with continued health and strength and the love of your animal and human clients.

Nancy Shaughnessy
Nancy Shaughnessy

Why don't we ever see Cathy, the daughter?  What happened to Dr. Sandra?  Also, what happened to Charles' girlfriend, the one he called "Baby"?

Pat Kennedy
Pat Kennedy

WoW!!!!!  Great FAQ answers!  I LOVE the show! My second favorite show, next to Downton Abbey!


PAK

sharon waggoner
sharon waggoner

I think thy do a fantastic job and the animals would agree If they could speak.

Bill Maclay
Bill Maclay

I love this show!!! So do my kids, it is so funny and interesting, Charles should think about becoming a vet as well, he  seems like he would be good at it.  The show is awesome!!  keep them coming!!!  btw..tell Dr. pol and Charles I said Hi from over here in Mass.  sincerely Bill Maclay

Bill Maclay
Bill Maclay

I lover this show, Dr. Pol and Charles are so funny.  My kids like it as well.  Good Job and keep em coming!!!

John Kozakl
John Kozakl

This is my favorite show.

I can watch a whole series back-to-back.

The episode with the "animal behaviorist" from California was a bad call though...

She was only playing to the camera... a total ditz...

John Kozakl
John Kozakl

I watch all his shows back-to-back. What a great show.

Have to say the animal behaviorist was a bad call.

She was playing to the camera and came off as a complete ditz...

Kari Lindeman
Kari Lindeman

Love this show, by far my favorite program on TV! Doc Pol and his family are a great inspiration to me, as I currently train to become a certified veterinary technician out here in Denver. I hope I can live a life half as full and rewarding as Jan Pol!

Therese Green
Therese Green

I just watched the episode that featured the animal behaviorist from Los Angeles. I thought she ruined the whole program. What on earth was she there for other than to continuously paw Charles' shoulder? Maybe the producers thought it would be a good idea to bring in new people but I would prefer to see people who are an integral part of the community. Otherwise, I love watching Dr. Pol and could sit and watch reruns all day long. Just love his smile and his laugh and the way the whole family interacts.

Debbie Rapp
Debbie Rapp

This is my favorite show on TV.. I was raised on a dairy farm, you work 7 days a week. So was Dr Pol that is why Dr. Pol knows how to work long and hard.  You keep working and we well keep loving you week after week! Thank you for making the show what it is wonderful.

Kathy Sammann
Kathy Sammann

I love this show. I wish I could gave been a veterinary technician and I love animals Dr. Pol and his team would have been great to work with. Dedication, compassion, humor, teamwork - Bravo!

Betty Ann DeSimone
Betty Ann DeSimone

Love this show. Get to watch it all day today, at home sick. What a treat. It's wonderful to see a team of people working so well together for the love of animals. I've learned a lot.. Have learned so much about cows. So much respect for the Dairy/Beef Farmers. Didn't know how much work, love, devotion and heart aches they  live with each day. Thank you to them all. My daughter is studying to be a vet. assistant. I can see through this show it's a wonderful career choice for her. Thank you Dr. & Mrs. Pol for showing America that love and doing what you love with love, brings endless happiness to all.

ann limburg
ann limburg

Awesome!.. I never knew Charles was adopted.. They are as close as a father and son could be.. God bless you all, your show is great!

Valerie James
Valerie James

What a bunch of nonsense and lies in the comments here.  If you don't like the show, don't watch.  If you just want to feel important go somewhere else, we don't want you.  This is a great show and most of what is said against it is pure speculation and lies. 

Beverly Coates
Beverly Coates

Love your show!! Can really relate & learn from you. Was raised on a farm & when I was married raised my son & daughter on farm w/all kinds of animals. Raised peacocks, goats, chickens, horses, cows, etc. Grew our own food & raised our own beef & pork. Wanted to be a vet after done high school but my parents didn't have the $ beings the oldest of 5 girls!! Love your show!!