The first season of the veterinary reality show The incredible Dr Pol premiered on Nat Geo Wild in 2011. After veterinarian Dr. Jan Pol carried out his duties to farmers and pet owners in his rural Michigan community, the series quickly became a hit with the cable channel. And as Dr Pol will readily agree, the success of his clinic is due to the great team effort of its veterinarians and office team. Here are the incredible cast and staff of the series.
Dr Jan Pol
In a conversation with AARP, Dr Pol revealed that what you see is what you get from his family, no matter what producers might want viewers to see. “What you see on the [Nat Geo Wild] the show is real family life. At first, a producer wanted my son Charles and I to fight over the cameras. I said, ‘I’m not going to do it; our family loves each other.
âMy glass is always half full. I think that’s what people are looking for and why the show is so popular. My wife, Diane, and I go to church every Sunday, and we believe in treating others as we would like to be treated.
Dr Pol in his 2015 memoirs Never turn your back on an Angus cow recalled meeting the love of his life, Diane, who also ultimately helped him build his veterinary practice and still runs the office.
He described the family he stayed with in America as a high school student, especially their daughter, who was around his age and caught his eye. âI stayed with the Dalrymple family in the small town of Mayville, Michigan,â he wrote. “I was eighteen and in the same class as their daughter, Diane.”
Teenagers Dr Pol and Diane âquickly became friends. We were very similar in many ways, but mostly in our love of animals. How could one not find attractive a woman who played cat with her pet duck? But we loved each other so much as friends, it didn’t even occur to us that maybe we were falling in love too, âhe said.
The two married in 1967, and thirty years after opening Dr Pol’s veterinary clinic in 1981 in their garage, created The incredible Dr Pol on Nat Geo Wild.
Without Charles, there probably would be no Amazing Dr Pol, as his father explained.
“What makes all the wonderful things that have happened to us even more enjoyable is the fact that our success is the work of Charles,” added Dr Pol. âIt was his vision. He was the one who believed his father was strange enough that other people found him entertaining. . . I’m not laughing at myself. . . The reason our show was so successful isn’t because of my good looks, clever jokes, or sophisticated demeanor. This is because everyone and I share a very important bond: we love and care about animals and want them to be as healthy and pain free as possible.
Dr Nicole Arcy
In 2018, Dr Nicole joined Pol Veterinary Services. Before that she was a huge fan of The incredible Dr Pol program.
She told Charles in 2020 on her YouTube show Recheck, â[Dr. Pol] has been a great mentor over the last few years and has taught me how to handle different animals, how to treat them, and if I have any questions he is there.
Dr Brenda Grettenberger
A fan favorite of the reality show, Dr Brenda’s career with Dr Pol took off, she explained, when she saw an ad in a professional newspaper.
She told Monsters and Critics that she started working with the Dutch-born vet in the 1990s: âI responded to an ad looking for help in the AVMA journal (magazine) to find my way to Pol Veterinary Services. “
Her biography on Dr. Pol’s website revealed more about her education and background: âDr. Brenda Grettenberger was born in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, in 1967. She grew up on a dairy farm and has always had an interest in large animals. After graduating from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992, Dr. Brenda began working for Pol Veterinary Services. When Dr Brenda isn’t working, she enjoys dancing, reading, and training her oxen to pull wagons.
Dr Ray Harp
For Dr Ray, who became a member of the clinic staff in 2019, watching the Nat Geo Wild program led him to Dr Pol’s doorstep.
âWell, when I was deciding whether or not I should go to vet school, we were actually looking at Dr. Pol,â Harp told Charles on Recheck. âAnd my wife said, ‘I think you should just go ahead and apply. It sounds like a lot of fun. This is how I ended up going to vet school and graduating. She had checked the ads for me and it turned out that Dr Pol was hiring.
Dr Lisa Jones
As for Lisa Jones, Dr Ray’s colleague in 2019, she explained to Charles on Recheck that “Yes, until I went to college I was homeschooled,” he said. she declared. The Cornell University graduate added, âI think [home-schooling] was a very unique experience; we had a lot more flexibility in our schedule. If we had a good day outside, we could all go out and look at the flowers and identify the roots for science class. We got to do some pretty cool field trips and see a lot of countries. “
And of course there is Tater the office cat
While it’s not clear who Tater belonged to before he became Dr. Pol’s forever cat, the story goes that he was brought in after being caught in an animal trap. His leg was irreparably damaged, forcing the vet to amputate him.
Tater has his own Instagram account and can usually be seen sleeping on a desk, waiting room chair, or lying on the waiting room floor. He faithfully greets patients and clients entering and leaving the busy clinic.
âTater is very comfortable in the clinic,â Dr. Pol said on his show about his feline rescue. âHe’s his own boss. He’s so spoiled, it’s amazing. Right now he’s getting sneaky, running away to sneak out. He is not afraid of anything or anyone and is very friendly with everyone.
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