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.
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.
Love the show but does Charles really need to be on it, when interviewing its always we, or us. He is really no asset to the show. Or is it because he's in the entertainment business he's seeking his 15 minutes of fame. I know this sounds harsh & sure his parents love their son, but its really about the Vets & Animals. I could see if he was a small boy or teenager helping out but he's a grown man & it appears he is kind of lazy & has a hard time keeping up.
Just discovered Dr. Pol and am enjoying the program. Dr. Pol, Dr. Brenda and team are amazing. I wish I had his stamina! The informational pop-up information is useful but the many pop-up silly comments I find annoying. Just my opinion.
H There - when are we going to see more new shows? I always keep lookinig for some even if they are repeats.
Just LOVE this show, it is one of the best family shows on TV...I am going to really miss it until next season...Thank you Dr Pol and NATGEO for such a quality program!
I too would like to know what happened to Dr. Sandra. I see a lot of questions about this, but no answers.
Hello dr. pol! I'm a big fan of the show! I was wondering if there was some way that I could get some advice for my dog. She has an open wound on her back side and it's oozing green and smells horrific! I was wondering if there was something that I could possibly do to help it to heal. She keeps itching at it constantly stays open and smells. The hair is matted over and I just want to help her.
I do watch the show, i work nights and weekends. If i were a parent with children i would watch and interact with how humans and animals work together in life and what farming life means
thank you Charles Pol, your thoughtfulness and caring about what your parents live and breathe that I enjoy to watch on natgeo it gives a college credit, if I were a professor, I would put it as a curriculum to watch, I learned more than living on an actual farm. I grew up in a farming community in the thumb of michigan, If any college that especially Michigan State University . If I were I were a young parent teaching my children growing up on a farm. I would record your message of video I personally thank you Dr, Pol and Dr, Brenda and Charles I have been intriegued Once again Charles It is Dr Pol who has any time for Dr.Dolittle oh by the way another michigan woman fell in love with another dutchie and they are doing very well in your home country Dr Pol
You are about to lose your biggest fan. I know it is the directors doing it, but your show is getting away from what really makes it interesting - the animals - and the staff fixing those animals. You have begun doing what all reality shows seem to do, degenerate into "staged" BS - that nobody cares about. Making Charles the centerpiece and cooking up, childish, events for himself & his parents is not what makes this viewer watch this show. Bringing in his friend from LA was absurd. Stick to the animals. Also, restrict Charles to assisting his father - and nothing else. We do not need his analysis or description of what we have just watched (and was already narrated by the Nat Geo narrator). That is my 2 cents...
@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
@Sandra Draper He supports the carriage horse abuse in NYC
I have always said this Lorie. He is truly useless. Now that I read he was the actual brains behind the show it makes sense why he is on it.
Dr. Pol does not make recommendations (nor any other bet) off the internet. I suggest you make an appointment to your local vet.
Ohhh stop!! Really? He's part of the family, how hurt would you feel if you weren't included in your family affairs? Lighten up! Enjoy the show!