The doctor will see you now! That is, if you walk on four legs and have fur.
Dr. Jan (Ya-n) Pol was born in the Netherlands and raised on a family dairy farm. With more than 40 years of veterinary experience, Dr. Pol is a pioneer in treating animals. He began his career working for a local veterinarian in Harbor Beach, Mich. However, eager to begin his own practice, in 1981, Dr. Pol and his wife Diane started their own animal clinic out of their home. The business continued to grow and they, along with their 10 employees, have serviced thousands of patients since their doors opened.
“Over 22,000 clients have walked through the doors. It sometimes is too busy, but something new always happens, and that’s what I like about this job,” says Dr. Pol.
Now, viewers will get the chance to see the doc in action firsthand as he makes farm calls and treats patients in his very busy clinic. Dr. Pol is featured in Nat Geo WILD’s No. 1 series The Incredible Dr. Pol, which follows the doctor on his routine 14-hour workdays treating both pets and livestock.
Not only the town vet, Dr. Pol is also a family man who kept his family near his passion. His son Charles helped his father as a child in the clinic, and although he didn’t love it, he now views his father differently: “My dad is my role model. He grew up on a poor farm in the middle of a different country. He worked hard and he built, like, this huge, I guess you could say a veterinary empire here in the middle of Michigan through nothing but his blood, sweat and tears,” says Charles.
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, he works tirelessly to ensure that the diminishing population of family farmers remains in business. And he plays an integral role in keeping farmers’ livestock healthy and their businesses profitable.
You can catch ‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’ on Nat Geo Wild, Saturday nights at 9:00pm
Follow Dr. Pol on Twitter: @DrPol
Check out the official website for 'The Incredible Dr. Pol.'