All About Dr. Pol
64 Fun Facts About America's Favorite Vet
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.
I love this show and have watched all the episodes several times. I never get tired of it and hope for more seasons to come. Am wondering if Charles has ever done any acting in California and what is his actual job there?
My husband and I really enjoy watching this show! I would like to see shows about miniature horses and miniature donkeys and their care in the future. Thank you Dr. Pol for being so compassionate and down to earth. I have learned so many things about animals that I didn't know by watching Dr. Pol and his wonderful staff.
Love your show. My 9 year old granddaughter introduced me to this show. I am saddened there are naysayers causing you trouble. I think you do an excellent job. We have a cow calf operation and really appreciate large animal vets. It is a tough job. This is a great show to watch with my grands!
Love your show and your story's from Holland! I also was born and raised in Holland ( Groningen and Drente) I have a sister that lives in Friesland. I wish I lived closer so we cold use you as our vet. Keep up the god work, hope to watch your show for many more years:)
Groetjes Johanna .
Dear Dr. Pol, I love your show so much I tape every episode so I don't miss it! I tear up almost every episode, not just for the good things ( births and fixes) but for you and the staff have have so much compassion for the animals, your employees and most important your family! I adore Diane, Charles and Brenda! You are so very lucky to have such amazing employees and family! I love love love your show! Sometime soon I'm going to take a vacation from CA to Michigan and visit you ( hoping to meet you and give you a big hug!). You and yr family make me so happy!!! Keep doing what you're doing! Suzy
Wow, what a fantastic journey. I love watching your family's show. I have learned a lot from Dr. Pol, so thank you for being kind enough to share your knowledge with others.
LOVE Dr. Pol and family! Never miss a show. If I lived near there I would DEFINITELY have you for my pets vet. Hope to visit the office one day when I'm in Michigan visiting my son and his family. Keep up the good work Dr. Pol and God Bless you, your family and your practice :)
I love Dr Pol and his antics. He makes me laugh every week. I think his signature "See Ya" will make a perfect epitaph for his gravestone when (AND IF) he passes. Anyone who sees it can't help but smile! May he live long and prosper!
about the fruit trees I meant the fruit was enormous, example it would take only 4 Gravenstein apples to make a pie😉
I've enjoyed Dr.Pol and his family n clinic. He's so funny with his no nonsense communication with his clients..he has a huge heart, and anyone who dares saying that Dr.Pol hasn't done the best he could for whatever patient big or small, are idiots. I will be laughing from something that happened when the Bulls were clipped, my husband and grown son (the youngest 26 of 4 children) they both become pale white, and quickly leave the room. I love Yan's accent of Dutch,as I'm Scandinavian Finnish/English Canadian. My mother and my many aunts n uncles would speak Fin, when they talked about "Adult" conversations, I was quick at learning some of the basics to figure out what they were talking about.lol, my grandparents had a 120 acre farm, of which they raised rabbit ( not the pet type) Rabbit tastes better than chicken. They raised beef cattle, they had enosis fruit trees. Grandma would can everything, grandpa would smoke salmon and smelt. Grandpa had built a Sauna( soun-da) meaning Finnish steam bath. The original Finnish Steam bath still works as far as I know in Astoria,Oregon. Many of my relatives are Finnish,Norwegian,and Swedish. I usually tell people I'm Scandahoovian, my husband is German. I love the show, and wish I could live there, especially because I love snow and heating a log house with a pot belly stove, just like my Grandpa. I always want to learn new things, it's so interesting..I have a oriental/chocolate seal point Siamese. She's a big girl 9.4 lbs, found out later she's only suppose to be 8 lbs. but shes a big girl, I have cut her food back, but I don't think she's losing any weight. I also have a chocolate/ white springer spaniel, she's 6 and thinks shes a cat?! Lol.i also don't want to leave out Dr Brenda, she's working so hard, she is quite the vet, I like how well everyone gets along as a family. I'm honored to be able to see how a veterinarian with above average skills,do as well as is documented on tv. I know you can't put everything on the show as it would be too long, and unnecessary. The people who judge your profession, are jealous haters...life is too short, keep up the great work! To all of you, I will be a fan for life:) God Bless All of You!!!
I only wish I lived in Mid-Michigan!! I actually grew up on the lower west side of Michigan, right on the lake, in a small town called Grand Haven. Now I live in SW Indiana. My husband and I own 3 dogs and a cat. How I wish they had you for their vet! One of our dogs seems to find trouble. She loves the woods surrounding our house, but these woods can hold danger for her! From coming home with multiple bee stings on her very swollen snout, to a stick jammed into her chest at an (thankfully) odd angle (so that it missed her organs), to coming home with a large chunk out of her right front leg, she has had more than her share of mishaps needing emergency care! And had it not snowed the morning before one of our winter walks, I would never had known she had a severe bladder infection. (She peed blood)
I love your show, and am really looking forward to its new season! Much love to you and your wife and crew there. Thank you for all the love and care you have displayed over the years for so many of our fellow beings on this earth! May you be doubly blessed!
I just recently stumbled across this wonderful program. Fortunately, I'm playing catch-up on Netflix. And now...I'm hooked! Being in the healthcare profession for 40 years, (humans), I connect very easily with this show. There is something to be said and applauded for "old school". As the saying goes. the KISS method applies to any walk in life...Keep It Simple Stupid . Best wishes and God's continued blessings to your family & staff.
Dr. Pol, I love your show. I watch them back to back all day. I also tape a lot of them and watch them over and over. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.
Dr And Diane Pol. I love watching your show. I would love to have been a vet. but my mother didn't have the money to send me to school. I wish you a very merry Christmas. Linda Nickell email@example.com
'Dr. Pol and his wife Diane celebrate Saint Nicholas Day, which is the Dutch version of Christmas'.
This couldn't be correct, because Saint Nicholas is on 5th of december and is a national celebration with the family in rememberance of Saint Nicholas: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas)
Christmas is celebrated on the same dates as in America. I'm Dutch, so I know about these celebrationthings :-)
I LOVE the TV episodes, especially when Dr. Poll starts speaking Dutch words trough his sentences.
Greetings from, Harmke (Franeker, The Netherlands)
I record all of his episodes and i absolutly love him. I am 11 years okd and he has inspired me to do bettervin school and one day be like him and help these inicent sick or ingered animals
from another inspired kid kyla
Thank you for your work dr. Pol
I record all of his episodes and i absolutly love him. I am 11 years old and he has inspired me to do better in school and one day be like him and help these inicent sick or ingered animals
from another inspired kid kyla
Thank you for your work dr. Pol
I absolutely love watching Dr Pol. I work in a vet office and so I can appreciate his energy and compassion. Especially offering his service after hours. It doesn't seem to be about money with him but the LOVE of the animals.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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"?
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
I lover this show, Dr. Pol and Charles are so funny. My kids like it as well. Good Job and keep em coming!!!
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...
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...
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!!
I wholeheartedly agree!! I pray that God allows Dr Pol to thrive and practice vet medicine for many more years to come!