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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.

CHARLES POL

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

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.

255 comments
Vicky Lobmeyer
Vicky Lobmeyer

Dr. Pol. Cattle story:  We had a calf born in late spring when cattle were shedding. Calf did not appear to want to  suck.  Vet told us to save him we would have to put a tub down his throat and bottle feed him. Did not think he would make it.  I choose to apply a strip of Cat Hair Ball Remover  on calf tongue (just as you would a cat)  Next day calf had passed a fur ball the size of his stomach.  Seems as he was trying to find the udder, he had sucked off enough of mom hair to fill his tummy, not making him hungry or interested.  After the fur passed he was one hungry boy.  He survived for a long happy life.  Wanted to pass the information on to help other cattle producers.  Thank You.

Tracey Harju Kohler
Tracey Harju Kohler

1.  LOVE the show.

2.  I wish it wasn't so far from the U.P. so we could bring our pets in.

3.  After watching last night's episode with the new Dane, Donner, we noticed how shiney all your dog's coats are.  Just wondering what you feed them.


Thank you and continue all the great work.  And don't forget to add Dr. Emily on your web page. ;)

Robbie Mead Peel
Robbie Mead Peel

My son is a 13 year old boy that enjoys watching your show. He recently has had one of his cows develop what we thought was foot rot and we treated it as such. After 3 weeks she's progressively gotten worse with her hooves separating from her legs starting at the back going forward. There is a full separation ring more so at the back. My son thinks you could help. Thank you and God bless!

Our contact information is cell-405-380-4716.

Jenny Drew
Jenny Drew

Good evening, We just found your show and have been recording every one of them! My grandson and I have a couple of questions for Dr. Pol: Do you believe in Bigfooot? If one were found (alive), would you be willing to examine it? 

Toemikia Diamond
Toemikia Diamond

Hi. Your show is a open book of knowledge my 11 year and I have developed a Sat nite ritual , We purchase strawberries and chocolate and dip them and watch your show evey Sat , and sometimes we just eat them plain but we are always watching your show when We eat them . Thanks Great Daughter and Mommy bonding time.

Katherine Carsten
Katherine Carsten

Greetings, 


I just started watching your show. I know it is possible that you may not read this but just in case you do I thought I would let you know something about Llamas and Alpacas. I grew up with them all over the country and we always had an average of 500 at any one time. The thing we learned traveling around the country we learned that when we had health issues with the animals the first thing to check was the minerals. We would send the local hay in to be tested and see what they were getting and then what supplements needed to be added. We would have a supplement mix made and it would clear up and prevent many of the health issues that we would see. These camelids are not native to North America as you know and we do not grow the same plants that they do in South America. You probably already know and have thought of all of this. I saw the episode with the Alpaca with the abscessed shoulder and it was familiar to problems we saw in the Llamas and helped clear up with minerals so wanted to pass on the information just in case.


Thanks Katherine

Sandra Stanley
Sandra Stanley

I am not sure you will receive this or even read it, but I am one of your biggest fans.

I am sure you have heard that before.

My Mother and I have been watching the show since the very beginning. WE LOVE IT. We even watch the reruns on Saturday mornings.

I used to be a Veterinary Nurse way back. I loved working with animals and helping them feel better. I only wish I lived by so I can apply for a job. I bet you hear that a lot also. LOL!!

Being a pet owner I have learned a lot by watching the show. The Vets here in Illinois do not compare to Dr. Pol or the staff. They could learn lessons from him. I hope your show will be on a long time and that you have continued success and good health to all.

Tell Charles he looks better without the bread.

Keep up the good work.

 Sincerely,

One of your BIGGEST FANS.

 Sandy Stanley

Alsip, IL

Sandra Stanley
Sandra Stanley

I am not sure you will receive this or even read it, but I am one of your biggest fans.

I am sure you have heard that before.

My Mother and I have been watching the show since the very beginning. WE LOVE IT. We even watch the reruns on Saturday mornings.

I used to be a Veterinary Nurse way back. I loved working with animals and helping them feel better. I only wish I lived by so I can apply for a job. I bet you hear that a lot too. LOL!!

Being a pet owner I have learned a lot by watching the show. The Vets here in Illinois do not compare to Dr. Pol or the staff. They could learn some lessons from him. I hope your show will be on a long time and that you have continued success and good health to all.

Tell Charles he looks better without the beard.

Keep up the good work.

 Sincerely,

One of your BIGGEST FANS.

 Sandy Stanley

Alsip, IL

Miles Travis
Miles Travis

Why is Charles Pol wearing a communist (Soviet Era) hat on the show? This show seems to benefit from capitalism, is Charles protesting any income he or his father receives from this show?

Ariel Melvin
Ariel Melvin

Dear Dr. Pol, 

          I am a senior in high school and I wanted to say that you are my inspiration. I have always loved animals, especially horses, and starting this fall I will be going to college and starting my journey towards being a veterinary technician. I want to be able to one day be as great of a vet as you. I would love to meet with you, but unfortunately I live in New York ( its a long way off). It would mean the world to me if i even just hear from you about some of your experiences in your early years of veterinary medicine. 

Jymme Reed
Jymme Reed

Dr. Poland Diane, I understand that you both adopted your three children.  I'm and adoptive parent of 5. I wish there were more people out there to adopt a child for the foster care system.

Andi Groves
Andi Groves

My Bullmastiff needed a tumor removed from her foot and when there wasn't enough skin to seal the wound, it became an ongoing problem.  I watched an episode where Dr. Pol was taking care of some cows with hoof rot and he used copper sulfate.  Being a Science teacher, I had copper sulfate at my school.  I did some research on it and used it on her wound.  What an amazing improvement.  I love Dr. Pol and his excitement for his job.  I have decided to go back to school to become a Vet for my second career after I retire from teaching.  Thank you so much for your love of animals and compassion for all.

Joe Joseph
Joe Joseph

Hello, my name is Joe Joseph and I have a serious question about our beloved cat Maximus. He has been diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that is destroying his upper lip. So much that it is disappearing towards his nose. I cry all the time for him and not one vet seems to be able to help with this disease. Can you help me same my cat please? I can send pics so you can see him. Thank you.

Gail K.
Gail K.

Dr. Pol, Diane, Charles, Dr. Brenda & staff,

I can't thank you enough for sharing your daily activities for all of us to enjoy! You all work hard, but at the same time you express a true satisfaction for the work you do, not only for the animals but also the owners who all seem to have love and trust in each of you. Thank you for ALL you do!

Best regards,

Gail K.

North Carolina

Edward Hager
Edward Hager

Hi Charles,

Just wanted to take a minute and tell you what a great son and guy I think you are. Just got finished watching the episode where you helped a farmer out for a day. When you said that the pressure was off when you took the squeegee to the manure and the fact that you couldn't break the manure and that you found the task oddly satisfying were great lines! Funny stuff!

Donna Watro
Donna Watro

First I want to tell you how much I admire you for your medical knowledge and skill. But, you probably hear that a lot.


One thing puzzles me. I have seen you perform several surgeries. But you rarely, if ever, wear any gloves. Not to mention a mask and gown. No medical doctor living past the "Dark Ages" of medicine would dare to enter a surgical suite unless it were completely sterile. So, why don't you take the same precautions when operating on animals?

Brenda Hayes
Brenda Hayes

Dr.Pol will you put my letter on your coffee break i just turned 12 a week ago and you didnt come to my birthday to make it up can you mention me on you next coffee break 

   - your BIGGEST FAN LAuren BAlcom

Ps I cant wait any longer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 Lauren 


Patricia Kennedy
Patricia Kennedy

dear dr. ploe. i work at our aspca and a dog came in with quills also on his face and we cut the quill about 1 to 2 inches from the skin, it makes the quill so very easy to remove. the quill is full of air and if you let the air out the quill will just come out much better. i love your show and look up to you. all your staff is great. through my life i have picked up just abut everything. thanks for being you and so sweet. please try this with the quills. thank so much for a great show.

Anna Galvan
Anna Galvan

Hi my name is Anna Galvan Iv always loved animals and grew up around them. My first job is were I am working now and that is Petsmart . Dr. Pol iv wanted to become a veterinarian for a while well iv always known I wanted to help animals and my mother and I have been watching your videos for some time now and I was wondering if there was any way that id bee able to observe and watch what you do. I believe that watching you would be the best learning experience I could ever receive. I live in Gardena California but id have no problem moving out to where you are so please let me know I would love to hear back from you my email is anna105galvan@aol.com Thank you so much for reading what I have to say.

Hemn Othman
Hemn Othman

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 (himenho75@yahoo.com), love ur shows.

Cheers  

Valarie N Enos
Valarie N Enos

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. 

Amy Murphy Tomes
Amy Murphy Tomes

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:)

John Dugan
John Dugan

Hi folks,

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 ...:-)

Cheers,

John @ equcanine@aol.com

Brenda Hayes
Brenda Hayes

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

nicolas nieto
nicolas nieto

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 ...

kathy mcisaac
kathy mcisaac

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!!

Brenda Hayes
Brenda Hayes

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,

      Lauren Balcom

Jocelyne Vanderhaegen
Jocelyne Vanderhaegen

I love this show and everyone in it.  I only got cable so I could watch Dr. Pol on NatGeo.

Connie M Woodard
Connie M Woodard

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.

Victoria Zizzo
Victoria Zizzo

My husband and I love the show. We think everyone is great. 

Victoria Zizzo
Victoria Zizzo

My husband  and I love the show...everyone on it are great. 

Lalita Rudy
Lalita Rudy

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. 

Lalita Rudy
Lalita Rudy

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. 

Joan Stevens
Joan Stevens

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. 

kathy mcisaac
kathy mcisaac

@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.

K. Leffel
K. Leffel

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.

James Bennington
James Bennington

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

James Bennington
James Bennington

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.

Cristin Coffman
Cristin Coffman

Charles is a real trouper! We really enjoy watching the show & follow it every week! Thank you for such realistic Michigan entertainment. 

Monika Schonbeck
Monika Schonbeck

Dr Brenda,

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 :-)

Robert & Mary R.
Robert & Mary R.

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

rosanne horn
rosanne horn

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 .

Rosanne

rosanne horn
rosanne horn

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

rosanne horn


Linda Smith
Linda Smith

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

Joan Stevens
Joan Stevens

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.


Jenny Tracy
Jenny Tracy

Love the show and glad it is coming back on the hair. Can't wait to watch the new season.

applen yaehnad
applen yaehnad

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.

applen yaehnad
applen yaehnad

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.