Facts: Vet and Wild
17 Things You Didn't Know About the Incredible Dr. Pol
- 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 Sidney 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 2 brothers and 3 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 married.
- Dr. Pol is licensed to Practice Veterinary Medicine in the State of Michigan and The Netherlands.
For all of you saying this show was educational really need to find new forms of education, this man practiced dangerous veterinary medicine & the show was pulled because he's been taken to the veterinary review board for quite a few offenses. Let me give you some examples from the show:
- A dog’s tail is amputated on an exam table without proper anesthesia or sterile technique.
- A dog’s femoral head (top of rear leg bone) is cut off without proper pain medication and sterile technique.
- A mauled puppy is placed in a cage and dies.
- A dog that probably had a ball stuck in its GI tract dies without the benefit of hydration or surgery.
- A Boston terrier’s eye is removed without sufficient anesthesia, pain meds, sterile technique or intubation (anesthesia and oxygen delivered via a tube down the trachea so this brachycephalic dog can breathe.) They have enough trouble breathing when they’re awake!
Dr Pol and his show has brought my family so much joy and taught us so much. We're all total animal lovers and all the compassion, knowledge and love that everyone on the show has for animals (especially Dr Pol) is exemplary. Please bring back this wonderful show into our lives!!
I am so mad with whoever decided to cancell Dr. Pol. My husband and I looked forward to watching him every Sat. night and now it's not on. What happened? We deserve to know whats going on. Bring him back. Immediately.
Hi I am a farmer and a science teacher and we have enjoyed watching Dr. Poe. What happened to it on TV? When is it coming back on, we have learned a lot from this show and want to watch more. Does anyone know when the show is coming back on? Sincerely, Jacqueline
I just found out that the this show has experienced some trouble and apparently that is why we haven't seen them lately. It makes me sad to see another bit of our lives and country being attacked and because of a few, multitudes of us who love this show are missing out on one of the most enjoyable shows on TV. My son was in FFA when he was in high school and raised 4 steers . It was one of the most fun times we had as a family. He even considered being a vet. Our children now days are not getting the education that we had and this show was filling that void. Consider all of the inner-city children who don't even know where the milk they drink comes from, this is the show that brings that knowledge to them in a fun way. Please get what ever is wrong fixed and tell those trouble makers to "GO TAKE A FLYING LEAP" and stop trying to change our way of life all the time. Dr. Pol we really love you and your family and we are all looking forward to seeing you on TV again. God bless you.
Love Dr. Pol and the entire show. The caring they show and the empathy they give is awesome. I record the show and reruns, because I enjoy it so much. I would ABSOLUTELY work for them. But the weather is too much for this "Snow Bird" turned Floridian. I wish them to continue their pursuit of taking care of their 19000 plus patrons. God love em all!!
WE LOVE LOVE LOVE this show!!! I love Dr Pol and everyone on the show. This is so entertaining and educational at the same time. When do we get new episodes? I'm still catching up but I crave new ones!!!
I Just love your show.. I have a question ... What happen with the calf that was born with the malformed mouth? you tried to make the mouth smaller.. I was just curious if that worked??
I'm a fan of James Herriott's books, and this program is so similar to the stories told in the books that I'm in heaven watching them. I admire Dr. Pol and his staffs' efforts with animals. I hope your program continues for a long time.
Dr Pol's show on Nat Geo is one of my absolute favorite shows. I don't miss a single show, and many i watch several times over. I only wished we had a veterinarian like him where we are!
I didn't know anyone was complaining about the show, but please don't let them have any influence on wether the shows stays on the air. For those of you who have not experienced many veterinarians, Dr Pol is an incredible veterinarian with a true love for animals.
I love this show and I hope it stays on the air for a long time and I can't understand why there's petition on the internet wanting people to sign because they think the staff is in competent and they hurt the animals and they want the show off the air.I think this show is AWESOME and right up their with Duck dynasty, I think Dr. Pol is a awesome individual.
love the show,keep up the great work,love casts personalities,very entertaining,cant wait till saturday
I was born and raised in Central Michigan and still spend my summers there. I had heard of Dr. Pol and had driven past his office hundreds of times over the years. This summer when my dog stopped eating and was losing weight, I took her to the closest place I knew of, Pol Veterinary Clinic. It was the 3rd of July and I did not expect the show to be filming, but they were. It was a hopping place with people stopping to take pictures with the Dr and all sorts of animals coming and going. Diane squeezed me in and Dr. Pol examined my dog. I ended up calling Dr. Sandra in on the 4th as my dog was not getting any better. After several nights at the office, my dog was well enough to go home. The entire staff was wonderful except for Dr Brenda. who needs to learn some phone etiquette. Thanks to Dr Pol and Dr Sandra, my dog will be around for many more years.
Is Nat Geo going to address the legal woes of the clinic's Vets or are you going to cover it up for us to come to our own conclusions based on the Veterinarians Behaving Badly website. I don't actually make decisions on the rants of someone operating from a hidden agenda and the VBB makes me think they are trying to run vets that operate on a margin and provide affordable care for pets and farm animals out of business. I get the impression this group has AMA envy and feel they should be in the same pay range as any Doctor of human medicine. As long as the POLs are out there and understand the average person isn't spending thousands of dollars on the health of a pet and for darn sure a farmer isn't spending more than an animals market worth. But I want the Pol clinic to come clean and tell us why they are on probation. If they give a reasonable explanation I'm happy. I know doctors get internally censured on a regular basis from consumer complaints without loss of license as long as gross malpractice or actual intent to harm are shown so I don't see a vet held to a higher standard.
in my country...owners dont care for thier own pets..forget vets...vets here hv a poor state..it just requires..d vet to give it all...n not even expect respect in return ....can anybody plss tell me..some great profession ideas after doing ug in vet.sci . !! ...dr.pol..is an inspiration for all the aspiring students !!
Love the show and want some more, hard working people who love their work. Have learned so much about animals even though I was around a farm when I was a little boy. Please tell me Dr Pol and family are doing ok and are ready to go on TV again. Please let us know when the new shows are ready to go.
Absolutely love this show and Dr. Pol is the kind of vet I wish my animals could be with. I watch every show I possibly can and DVR those that I miss. What does Dr. Pol think about the Pit Bull breed? I have a Bassett/Pit and a Boxer/Pit and they have been the easiest to train and the most affectionate, but also the most stubborn. Choke collars are useless and I have switched to a snaffle type of harness which seems to work best. Any comments?
Dr. Pol and his wife remind me of my late husband, also a large animal vet who had a mixed practice I southern Virginia. It takes a special kind of vet to take care of large animals because it often involves maintaining the very livelihood of the farmer/owner. Losing a pet is sad, but losing a cow can be catastrophic. I hope you have new episodes coming soon.
I used to skip his show. About a week ago I started to view his show and I do enjoy it. He's really incredible!
this is one of the best shows on tv, period. If Michigan was not so cold in the winter I would move so that I could have Dr. Pol or any one of his staff look after my animals.
Dr and Mrs Pol are excellent parents of their children and their Great Dane and other owned and cared for animals. I love the team work I see as a couple and a family. My husband and I have a Great Dane named SweetPea.
I LOVE LOVE this show!! Dr.Pol is awesome and Dr.Brenda is just as interesting to watch work! It has taught me so much for my own farm. Even the most seasoned livestock owner could learn a thing or two from this program!
Dr. Pol and Brenda are wonderful caring people. My father cared for Shetland show ponies in Hudson MI for 40 years. The show brings back fond memories of farm life.