Meet the Vets
DR. JAN POL
Dr. Jan Pol was born in the Netherlands on September 4, 1942, and raised on a family dairy farm. He graduated from Utrecht University in 1970 and has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 35 years. After marrying his wife Diane in 1967, the couple relocated to Harbor Beach, Michigan, where Dr. Pol worked for another veterinarian. Eager to work for himself, Dr. Pol and his wife started their own practice out of their home in 1981. The business continued to grow and they, along with their ten employees, have serviced over 19,000 clients since their doors opened.
Specializing in large farm animals, Dr. Pol treats horses, pigs, cows, sheep, alpacas, goats, chickens and even an occasional reindeer. A true friend of the farmer, Dr. Pol works tirelessly to ensure that the diminishing population of family farmers remains in business. Many farmers consider Dr. Pol a part of their family as he plays an integral role in keeping their livestock healthy and their business profitable. With his thick Dutch accent, signature mustache and vintage 1985 “Back to the Future” DeLorean, Dr. Pol is nothing short of a local legend.
Born and raised in Central Michigan’s farm country, Charles Pol was his father’s constant sidekick as a child. Starting at the age of 5, Charles began assisting his father at the clinic, helping out on farm calls and was also in charge of caring for the Pol family’s vast array of pets and farm animals. Though Charles enjoyed working with animals, he knew from an early age he didn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps, and his parents encouraged him to pursue a career he would love. In 2003, Charles graduated from University of Miami. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he works in the entertainment industry.
Diane Pol was born in Mayville, Michigan, and met Jan Pol when he was a foreign exchange student at Mayville High School in 1961 during her senior year. Though they were only friends at first, their relationship evolved after they spent years writing to each other after Dr. Pol returned to the Netherlands. Dr. Pol invited Diane to visit him and meet his family, and the couple’s relationship became more serious. Though Diane had to return to Michigan while Dr. Pol finished his studies, they eventually married in1967. After living in Dr. Pol’s native country for a few years, the two immigrated back to United States and moved to Harbor Beach, Michigan. Diane received her master’s degree in Special Reading and taught in Lapeer and Harbor Beach Elementary Schools. In 1981, Diane and Jan moved from Harbor Beach to Weidman, Michigan, and started Pol Veterinary Services from their garage. Diane gave up teaching to help run the veterinary office and take care of their son and two daughters. Today, Diane works at Pol Veterinary Services as the office manager and bookkeeper, and she also enjoys teaching Sunday School at her church.
DR. BRENDA GRETTENBERGER
Dr. Brenda Grettenberger was born in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, in 1967. She grew up on a dairy farm and always had an interest in large animals. After graduating from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992, Dr. Brenda began working at Pol Veterinary Services. At the time, the majority of the business at Pol Veterinary Services was large animal medicine, and Dr. Brenda says it took time for some of the older farmers to adjust to having a female veterinarian. Though she did win the farmers over, the number of the dairy farms in the area began to decline, and Dr. Brenda began to treat more small animals. Like Dr. Pol, Dr. Brenda enjoys the mixed practice and plans to continue working at Pol Veterinarian Services for the unforeseeable future. When Dr. Brenda is not working, she enjoys dancing, reading and training her oxen to pull wagons.
Hi Dr. Pol how are u, hope u doing great, my name Dr. Hemn Im from Kurdistan region, Northern Iraq, me and my wife are both vets, we are both phD holders, Im in Pathology and she is in Hematology, and we are both lecturers in our university. Dr POl we are huge fan of you and we are really want to meet you and work in ur clinic to get more experience and skills, we are now in Iraq, if ur interested in us plz email me (email@example.com), love ur shows.
My little rescue dog, 7 yrs old, 7 lbs. Chi-Sheltie has a horrible odor that seems to come from her throat/stomach. Her front teeth look fine, she won't allow us to brush her teeth or look further into her mouth or throat without trying to bite us. She also seems to be choking, like she's trying to cough something up but never does. Is there a way we could sedate her to take care of her teeth and get a better look at what might be going on? We are on a Very limited income and can't afford that kind of Vet bill. If she licks our hand it doesn't smell bad, but when she yawns, or pants, the odor smells like poop. what can be causing this.
Greetings from South Dakota! Thank you for sharing your obvious love of caring for animals with viewers. This is one of the best shows ever! What a breath of fresh air to watch down-to-earth people working for a living, showing care for animals and people, respecting co-workers. There isn't much on television anymore that a whole family can sit down and watch together, without cuss words, nudity, and violence. My husband and I have four children, ages 9 through 18 and all of us love your show. We love that you are "regular people" who enjoy working and being together. Dr Pol is so smart and just uses common sense to demonstrate it.. Diane is a sweet and loyal wife. Charles cracks us up and works hard beside his father. Dr Brenda is awe-inspiring as a strong woman in the field of veterinary science. We will keep watching and learning! Thank you again:)
Would you consider another sidekick to come to Michigan to work and ride with Doc Pol and Doc Brenda?
I have been born and raised a farm boy. I have raised Horses, rabbits, goats, cows, pigs, chickens and ducks...
I was born and raised a 4-H er. I have been working in the pharmaceutical and the medical research for the past 25 years. I currently I have been showing and now breeding Corgis..I think doc Pol and doc Brenda are heros and my heros ...:-)
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hey Dr.pol its Lauren again and i have a birthday party coming up soon and i hope you could come if so pulaski ny remember January 24 is my birthday im thinkng about about going to either cornell university or suny canton to be... A VET!!!!!!!!!!!! :) i ADMIRE YOU Dr.POL you are my hero!!!!! Please try to come to my birthday ps next to the bowling alley on salina street pulaski ny. please!!!!!!!!!!! you charles and diane if you want
Love Lauren Balcom age 12
Hi Dr. Pol Im Lily-Amber Nieto im 6 yrs old and I love your show and when i grow up I want to be a vet like you. can you say hi to me in one of your coffee breaks ...
I discovered this show only last week and instantly fell in love with the show and the cast members. I have a daughter and son who have autism and her support workers are hooked and love it as well. I tape the show every evening so we can all watch it the next morning. The honest and, in some cases, unique personalities of this cast has affected me like no other show. I am a disabled ER RN [bummed up my back] so the medical content of this show feeds that interest too. Love the show and REALLY love the cast!! BRAVO!!
Dear Doc Pol,
My name is Lauren Balcom and I am almost 12. I love you so much that you are inspiring me to be a vet. I am your number 1 fan.Me my grandma and my 4 year old brother watch this show every Saturday and it brings us together. My brother and I love watching you and Charles struggle to pull out a calf. We all are fascinated by all of you.
The Best of Love,
I love Dr Pol, i watch it and reruns over and over. I love Dr. Pol, wife, and blundering Charles. All the Doctor's on this show are top notch, and work many, many hours. He reminds me of Dr James herriot who wrote 5 books on life as a veterinarian in Scotland in the 40's, in very sparse practise with Dr. Siegfried Farian and brother Tristan. I have read the series many times, and came across Dr. Pol by being bored with routine noise on prime time. I love the series, and hate when they are not on. Keep up the wonderful work Dr. Pol and staff.
I guess my comment didn't come through. I love Dr Poll and always cry through most of the episodes. LOL! Thank you for bringing the best show on TV. Love everything about the show.
I love watching Dr Pol. I cry through most of the episodes, but that's only because they are so touching. Thanks for bringing us this wonderful show. I used to live in Indiana, but now I live in Florida.
Dr.Pol's program came with a package on Time Warner Cable.It also has all the History Channel's I watch all of them.I definitely watch Dr.Pol on Saturday's.Can never wait until it come's on.
The only reason we subscribe to Direct TV is to get National Geographic Channel. Dr. Pol is one of our favorite shows as is the Dog Whisperer.
Dr. POL I was raised on Beef farms never heard of checking cows for being pregnant, We had them calve in Indiana snow. ioved it. will keep watching as your so interesting
Dr. Brenda I just want to tell you that I saw you working you with 2 cats and I am not a cat person but you made me so proud with your concern. and these cats were beautiful. Very proud of you and R. Pol.
Charles is a real trouper! We really enjoy watching the show & follow it every week! Thank you for such realistic Michigan entertainment.
You are an inspiration to me!!! Your genuine care for all animals as well people shines through. Working in a predominately male career when it comes to large animals; is an inspiration to not only me, but my daughter as well. You see, I am a RN but was severely hurt while providing CPR to a patient. I had to rethink my career and went back to school to get my MSN and now I am a few months away from. my Doctor of Health Admin. degree (DHA). This degree is predominately male driven; however, you remind me that when one is passionate about their career and others; there will be a way. Even though I am going through a hard time right now, you are an inspiration and I sincerely "Thank You" for all that you do each day on and off the TV camera. Sincerely, Monika (another European in the USA, ...German :-)
This is one of the greatest shows ever on TV. Interesting, informative, great real-life cast of the nicest people - the show has no negatives. We watch the re-runs often and never get bored or tired (only Seinfeld has the same effect on us). And, of course, the animals are incredible and fascinating, as is Dr. Pol's veterinary skill.
As far as Dr. Pol supporting NYC's carriage horses, as New Yorkers, we agree with him. This is a New York tradition. If people take exception to the "conditions" these animals live under, or their "treatment", it's these issues that should be addressed, investigated, and remedied, as required. But to dispense with a tradition, period, because it might make some people feel better, is unfair, unjust, and selfish.
Dr, Brenda is one of the most fascinating and wonderful women we know of. What is Dr. Sandra's status on the show?
Robert & Mary
Hi dr. Pol.
First I want to tell you how much I love and enjoy your shows. Keep em coming!!
I want to wish you a very happy birthday sept 4th. May you have a very happy birthday and so many more.
God bless you and keep you in good health. you save so many . I am a nurse, retired so I can honestly say your a god sent. hugs .
hi Dr. Pol.
I want to wish you a very happy birthday Sept 4th/ My you have a wonderful day. Watch your show every week.
with lots of love
Dr. Pol I am a fan and commend you on your kindness you show to the animals and there owners. I myself is a animal lover and have two frat terriers, one is constantly itching, crawling on the carpet on her belly, I've tried everything to stop her itching, nothing works. Can you possibly tell me something to help her get relief? Thank you for your help and time to answer me. Linda Smith In Tulsa Ok
I was worried that your show be on anymore.I seen the petition on line and I went omg.their trying to take off my favorite show.I'm glad they didn't succeed.I wrote down the Sept. programming.Welcome back.
To be sure, the network’s giddy glorification of Dr. Pol’s cowboy style rankles, but it’s the the flippant dismissal of animal suffering that really boils my blood. More so when Dr. Pol pleads innocence based on semantics, regulatory technicalities, and, as he continually claims, the fact that his show is intended as entertainment and should be viewed in that light alone.
Veterinarians have been complaining about Dr. Pol since the very first episodes revealed that his methods –– how shall I put it? –– glaringly ignored many of modern veterinary medicine’s standards of practice.
SHAME on you for enabling the NYC carriage horse abuse. what kind of vet does review the issue and instead looks at a stage stable tour? the horses are abused and them dumped after years of abuse. SHAME ON YOU> so many reported and unreported cases of horses working in suspended times due to heat, over boarding, double shifting, no breaks. Horses all over midtown and times square. shame on you and I will never watch this show.
We love this show as does my 4 yr. old granddaughter. She is a true animal lover and refers to her grandma as Dr. Pol and herself as Dr. Brenda, tending to her pets, mine, and her stuffed ones. Loves to watch calving and narrates the procedure to everyone. A vet in the making?
Looking forward to the new season!
I don't understand why you refuse to answer a question posted many times by many people, What happened to DR. Sandra? I love your show but something is not right when a person you bring in and build up just vanishes without any explanation at all and almost nothing can be found out about her on the internet! I won't be watching the show until someone gives up a few answers and I implore others to boycott until we find out about the fate of Dr. Sandra.
I need some help with my Papillion female, she has seizures and I would like to find a natural way to treat her is there anything I can do, she didn't start having these until I feed her Diamond dog food. as far as I know she doesn't have them everyday and I can't figure out what even brings them on like stress or something like that.
hi i need vet job,, i have 2 year ver diploma and also field experience please reply me pakistan
This is my very favorite program. Real situations and solutions (or not) All the players perfect in the series. Dr. Brenda is a real tough gal and I admire her. Hope it lasts forever.
It looks like the series is coming back on starting June 14, 2014. Yay! But I really wish the show would tie up a couple of loose ends.....where is Dr. Sandra? Did she join the practice? From the earlier shows it appears she did, then all of a sudden she was gone. Also, I would like to know if Charles actually fixed the crappy video he did for the vet assistant who needed it for her class so she could graduate and become a vet tech. He really did her wrong. he was told what she needed but he didn't care, did it the way he wanted.
II I really enjoy watching the show. I have learned a lot and used some things on my animals. I always wanted to be a Vet.
@Joan Stevens You may be interested to know that National Geographic airs an hour long episode every evening. I subscribed to that channel just to get this show although there are other good shows I have come to like as well.
@Lyn Gaudiana He supports the nyc carriage horse abuse http://carriagehorsesnyc.blogspot.com/2013/12/carriage-horse-stables-neglect-and.html
Dr. Sandra indeed has been on the show...at least 3 times. Twice in the background, and once she attended or assisted in a very important surgery where a dog had swallowed some rocks.
Besides, there are many others who work there and do not want to be a part of the show. In addition, it was never stated that Dr. Sandra was going to "join the show" and become a regular...she was however going to join the CLINIC.
I hope this helps explain!
@Francine Dubois NYC carriage horses also vanishes , he supports NYC carraige horse abuse
@Kelley Nabors http://carriagehorsesnyc.blogspot.com/2013/12/carriage-horse-stables-neglect-and.html He supports carriage horse abuse