Caring for more than 19,000 patients, Dr. Pol has seen it all. Specializing in large farm animals, Dr. Pol, his family and veterinary staff treat animals of all shapes and sizes. Unstoppable and unflappable, this Doc is a legend in the community.
About the Host
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.
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.
With his thick Dutch accent, signature mustache and vintage 1981 “Back to the Future” DeLorean car, Dr. Pol is nothing short of a local legend.
Exclusive Preview of Lizards, Llamas and Alpacas, Oh my!
On this episode of Calling Dr. Pol, the clinic is swamped with unusual animal callers. A bearded dragon, a baby alpaca and a lusty llama all stop in to see Dr. Pol; however, the daily business of farm calls hasn’t slowed down one bit. With some help from Dr. Brenda, Pol Veterinary makes it through another unusual and hectic day.