December 13, 2013

Dr. Pol Facts

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.


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