The Incredible Dr. Pol is an American reality television show on Nat Geo Wild that follows the veterinarian Jan Pol, born in the Netherlands, and his family and workers at his practice in rural Weidman, Michigan. Premiered in 2011, the show has two seasons each year for a total of 16 through October 2019.
Caption: The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol: Cast
Jan Pol studied veterinary medicine at the University of Utrecht and graduated in 1970. Moved to Harbor Beach, Michigan, with his wife Diane, and Pol worked for over 10 years as a veterinarian. They then moved from their home in 1981 to Weidman, Michigan, where they opened their own practice, Pol Veterinary Services. In addition, his focus has changed from large animals to a combination of small animals. Emergencies make up a large part of the practice due to the lack of emergency animal care clinics in this rural area.
Diane Pol met Jan Pol at Mayville High School in 1961, when he was a foreign exchange student. She holds a Master of Special Reading degree and was an instructor at Harbor Beach Elementary Schools. Accordingly, for 50 years, Diane and Jan were married. Charles Pol (Diploma from Florida University of Miami, 2003) Producer.
Brenda Grettenberger (born 1967, Eaton Rapids, Michigan) graduated 1992 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Likewise, Emily Thomas (born in Warner Robins, Georgia in 1984), graduated in 2010 from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, is married and the mother of three.
Also, Donnie Wahlberg, Mick Dodge, Kim Zolciak-Biermann
The Incredible Dr. Pol: Production
Pol is surprised that the show became a hit “watched by everybody— all kinds of life, all ages, big family show, and I think this is what is so fantastic”. According to Pol Charles counseled him, “Dad, do your work. That is interesting enough. Don’t look at the camera, don’t do anything for the camera.” Pol continues.”… it’s not scripted; it is real.
The Incredible Dr. Pol: Viewers
In 2012, a disciplinary board placed Dr. Pol on probation for negligence and incompetence. Nonetheless, his activities have been the subject of numerous disciplinary proceedings and veterinarians have received a mixed reception for his performance. Another veterinarian flatly states that the show exhibit antiquated Veterinary practices, going back more than a quarter-century; and thereby conveys a false impression of the profession.
Similarly, in 2013, House Speaker Michigan Kevin Cotter introduced House Bill 5176, attempting to ban agencies from investigating claims of wrongdoing or complaints based on information gained by watching the broadcast of a television show. ‘ Dr. Pol argued in favor of the bill.
The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded in 2016, stating, inter alia, that there was no qualified proof that the standard of care had been broken. However, supporters of the ruling were based on notions of fundamental due process, including vagueness of the claim, lack of an objective and consistent legal standard, and inconsistency of the evidence presented from the charges brought.
Nevertheless, after the remand, in another undisclosed ruling, the Michigan Court of Appeals wrote a lengthy opinion in late 2019 that upheld the lower judgments that enforced discipline.