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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.

178 comments
Raju Amir
Raju Amir

hi i need vet job,, i have 2 year ver diploma  and also field experience please reply me pakistan    

dr.amirvet@yahoo.com    .0092345656700

Bonnie Erickson
Bonnie Erickson

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.

Chess Johnson
Chess Johnson

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.

Brenda Beck
Brenda Beck

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.

Sandra Draper
Sandra Draper

Dr. Pol is a wonderful person and a wonderful Vet.  Love the show.

lorie boyd
lorie boyd

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.

Janice O'Malley
Janice O'Malley

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.

Barbara Schrader
Barbara Schrader

H There - when are we going to see more new shows? I  always keep lookinig for some even if they are repeats.

Fran Reynolds
Fran Reynolds

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!

John Hewitt
John Hewitt

What happens to large animals that die on the farm?

CLAUDIA SENOUR
CLAUDIA SENOUR

I too would like to know what happened to Dr. Sandra.  I see a lot of questions about this, but no answers.

Alexa Mueller
Alexa Mueller

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.

Please help!

-Alexa

clyde coffey
clyde coffey

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

clyde coffey
clyde coffey

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 




Kenneth Pallante
Kenneth Pallante

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...

Bob Zahn
Bob Zahn

Great show! I enjoy the similarities between animal and human medicine.

Mindy Olsen
Mindy Olsen

Dear Dr. Pol and Staff, 
I have a budding veterinarian in my 12 year old. She is EXTREMELY driven and already looking into schools to attend. What do you recommend I do to help keep her excited and encourage her in her goals?  Would looking into clinics or shelters she can volunteer next summer be worth the effort?

Sharon Henegar
Sharon Henegar

I absolutely love this show.  I have learned so much about different animals.  There should be more nets like Dr. Pol.  I would consider it a great honor to one day meet him and his wife.

Christine Jaklitsch
Christine Jaklitsch

I am addicted to this show! These people are the most likable, dedicated and real folks you'd ever want to meet, so watching them on TV is (almost) the next best thing. There should be more people in the world like Dr. Pol, his wife, his son Charles (a character in a category all his own), Dr. Brenda, and the entire staff. I laugh, I cry, and I'll never forget some of the things I've seen. Maybe I've even learned something. Watch it if you're an animal lover!

John Foreman
John Foreman

My wife and I totally love this show.  We can hardly wait for the next new episode to air; meanwhile we continue to rewatch the prior shows.  Everyone should be required to watch this show to understand just how important all creatures are to one another and our responsibility to care for one and all.  Dr Pol, Diane, Dr Brenda and Charles, we love you all.  Looking forward to many, many more years of Incredible Dr Pol!!  Thank you one and all!

Candice Mills
Candice Mills

I love this show! I love the relationship with Dr Pol and Charles. I love how Dr Pol shows the reality of farm/ranch living also and explains the role of the animals on the farm. He is a special man. I love Dr Brenda too. All such great people and vets. I wish I had a vet like them near me. I hope this show lasts a long time!

Darlene Torres
Darlene Torres

Hey Dr. Poll iam proud of your show. I have my self a maccoc, and 8 dogs and a cat and I love animals . I will like to meet you one day.

Judy Campbell
Judy Campbell

Where is Dr. Sandra? Was she a real Vet or just and actor to add to the show? We saw her get engaged. Was it so that you could write her out of the show?

Judy Campbell
Judy Campbell

Where is Dr. Sandra? Is she a real Vet or just an actor added to the show? You showed he getting engaged. Was that a way to get rid of her character?

Norma Hall
Norma Hall

Love your show very intertaining!

Norma Hall
Norma Hall

Love the show. hope you stay  on a long time. Its very interaining and informative. 

Karen Tate
Karen Tate

I see A picture online of Dr Pol operating on a cat and the caption says he is declawing a cat, I would just like to know what his thoughts are on this procedure as I have heard it is like removing a persons fingers from the knuckle up and it also makes cats walk more on the pads than on thier toes the way they are supposed to,. some cats will not even go to the litter box because it hurts thier feet to touch the litter... Dr Pol what is your take on this situation??

Thanks a cat lover!!

Charles La Monica
Charles La Monica

Love the show. What type of Curly Hair Pig was on the show last night? Are there any breeders in the US? If so, were?  THANX     mikela

Tom McCullough Jr.
Tom McCullough Jr.

enjoy your show  it is very true to life   Charles  was corect on having a companion dog     .    I lost my wife  and got a rescue dog  (not comparing the two)  but it has really  made coping  awareness  easier...

your show  it is realistic

marlene Costanzo
marlene Costanzo

Why is DR. Sandra not on much anymore? Why are reruns on? Is the season over with?

marlene Costanzo
marlene Costanzo

I would also like to know why the show was gone and on the air with reruns  on, in the afternoon and then just as suddenly it was back on at it's regular time?

marlene Costanzo
marlene Costanzo

Hello I would like to know why Charles' puppy is never mentioned?

Nicky Marino
Nicky Marino

I am a huge fan of the show, I was wondering if Sir Charles was making the commentaries on the latest episode, lol, his humor is unique and reminds me of me and my brothers personality/humor!

Just figured I would 'ponder this wonder' online here.. and I don't think I caught what his new puppy was named..

Thanks, and bless your family and Staff for what you all do for the animal community mid-mitten Michigan!

Nicky- (Trapped in Wis. with my mom at the moment, living the life with my best little kitten in the whole wide world~!)

ADVENTURE MAN C.
ADVENTURE MAN C.

I love Dr. Pol's show, educational and very funny. I really like Dr. Pol's personality.

ann limburg
ann limburg

Go get 'em Brenda.. Women have been in jobs only men did for a long time!  :)

Deborah Prestwood
Deborah Prestwood

I love the show but did not agree to put several of the pets down. the pet that snapped at the little girl should have been placed in a pen when she came to the home. Just because they were 13 years of age does not mean anything. We have several dogs over 20, more close to 23, and they act just like puppies. So, age does not mean a thing. I also feel that the young lady who had to chose between her children and dog should have been helped, possibly a payment plan or something to give the dog a happy and long life. Also, the dog that the owner stated was mean, there was a reason for the dog to be mean, sounds like someone was hurting the dog to act like that. When they are in pain, yes the dog will bite. We have had our share. I think the dog should have been rehabilitated and worked with to overcome its fears instead of being put down. I am a sucker for animals and will not allow any to go to the humane society. I refuse to let that happen. We take them in and give them a furever home, as most people say.  I love the style you take with the animals and that you really care for their well being. I just dislike putting a dog down if they cannot afford treatment or just from some small aggression issues that can be fixed or treated with medications. I really wish we had a veterinarian like you in the area Dr. Pol. Don't get me wrong about putting animals down when necessary but only then should it be done. We had to put a dog down that we loved tremendously and almost killed us. She was having seizures really bad and possible from mass in her stomach. Had we caught it sooner, she may have still been here with us today. Thanks for reading my letter.




Barbara G.
Barbara G.

Please, please, please give us an update on Riley! 

Lori Anderson
Lori Anderson

I had a similar problem with my 7 year old Maltese shaking and then suffering seizures , my local vet said he suffered with high protein in his liver,, what to do since all dog food is extremely high in protein I took matters in my own hand... After researching and reading a started to feed him starkist tuna fish in water with some rice and made some home made biscuits with oatmeal and whole wheat, my vet couldn't believe the results which were in the normal range and he lived till the age of 17 years when he past away from heart problems. I hope this may help some people that might be looking for a solution to a similar problem, God bless Dr. Pol.. I love your show...

Lori Anderson
Lori Anderson

I had a similar problem with my 7 year old Maltese shaking and then suffering seizures , my local vet said he suffered with high protein in his liver,, what to do since all dog food is extremely high in protein I took matters in my own hand... After researching and reading a started to feed him starkist tuna fish in water with some rice and made some home made biscuits with oatmeal and whole wheat, my vet couldn't believe the results which were in the normal range and he lived till the age of 17 years when he past away from heart problems. I hope this may help some people that might be looking for a solution to a similar problem, God bless Dr. Pol.. I love your show...

DENNIS GARVER
DENNIS GARVER

THE SHOW IS CALLED "THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL", NOT THE "CHARLES SHOW".  CHARLES IS A DUD. WHEN HE RECOUNTS SCENES IN THE PROGRAM HE ALWAYS SAYS "WE DID THIS OR WE DID THAT "etc. WHEN THE ONLY THING HE DID WAS HOLD UP A COWS TAIL, AND HE WAS NOT VERY GOOD AT THAT. 

  THE PROGRAM FEATURES HIM A WHOLE LOT MORE THAN IT SHOULD.

Gerald Weatherall
Gerald Weatherall

Finally! You have included a Yorkie! We've been waiting to see one featured on your show, well, it will be after tonight's airing, we have two of the adorable little darlings (?) We've had this breed since 1965 they make wonderful companions.

It was nice to see Dr, Sandra, and would like to see more of her featured in the show, keep up the great work, it's wonderfully entertaining.

Gerald Weatherall
Gerald Weatherall

At last! You have featured a Yorkie! Well, you will have after tonight's show. Great entertainment, keep it coming.

Love Dr Sandra, wish we could see more of her in the practice.

Lisa Tebeau
Lisa Tebeau

I finally saw Dr. Sandra in an upcoming episode so not to worry everyone, lol, Dr. Sandra didn't quit or get fired.....

William clark
William clark

Hello Dr.

  My Great Grandfather was a Vet in Weidman, Michigan in the 1930s to 1950s ...He Graduated from the First Class at University.   His mame was J.H Clark ....they built a house in town from a torn down barn

   I moved south and I have a wonderful pet cow named Doris that I have had for almost 10 years..... I Love Her and I would not take a Million dollars for her...  About 8 months ago she got scours and I called a vet and he said that her heart was failing her....I had a stool sample taken and after a month they could find nothing..

She has had scours now for 8 months and has gone from aout 2000 lbs to 1600 lbs...  She still has some joy in her life and she has some little goat friends....  I wish there was something I could do for her but it is beyond  the local vets ideas. any input would e appreciated....Thank You. wcknudson@yahoo.com

Chess Johnson
Chess Johnson

@lorie boyd 

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.

Rienda Potts
Rienda Potts

@DENNIS GARVER  

While it is true that Charles is a little goofy, (we all have our quirks), he is family, and you just don't bad mouth family!  Perhaps the way Charles behaves is deliberate - or - he is just who he is.  Whichever, he is Dr. Pol's son and we need to respect him as such.

marlene Costanzo
marlene Costanzo

I disagree; I think charles adds to the show; and gives a new dimention to the story.

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Heidi Kreizinger
Heidi Kreizinger

@DENNIS GARVER Please.  Just don't watch the show.  He is as much a part of the show as anyone else save Dr. Pol.  Change. the. channel. and. quit. whining. #lovedrpol