There is no other like Dr. Jan Pol. The country’s top veterinarian, Dr. Pol has been working with animals all his life. Best known for his work on the Nat Geo Wild’s TV show The Incredible Dr. Pol., he is treated like a local celebrity in Michigan. The show is centered around him and his team at Pol Veterinary Services. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Dr. Jan Pol.
Dr. Jan Pol was born on the 4th of September, 1942. Born and raised in Drenthe, Netherlands, he is the second youngest of the sixth children and grew up on a dairy farm with his two brothers and three sisters. His interest in veterinary first sparked when he was 12 years of age. Talking about his early interest, he revealed in an interview,
“When I was 12 years old, the local veterinarian had me come along to my brother’s farm to help with some small sows that were farrowing. That was the beginning of my interest in veterinary practice and I subsequently worked toward pursuing a veterinary medicine degree.”
After his younger sister moved to Ontario, Canada, in 1954, he moved to Michigan from 1961 to 1962. He graduated from the Utrecht University’s Veterinary College in the Netherlands in 1970 and later moved to Michigan to practice Veterinary.
Following his graduation, he started working for a veterinarian in Harbor Beach, Michigan. However, eager to start his own service, he decided to set up a farm in Weidman, Michigan, which was 80% Dairy and 20% equine and small animals.
Over the years, he was able to buy more property and build a proper clinic. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to expand Pol Veterinary Services and has established himself as one of the nation’s top Veterinarians. To Dr. Pol, being a veterinarian is all about treating people and animals the same way you would want to be treated.
“Being a veterinarian means providing service to the clients. With my education in large animals and the experience I developed in practice, clients realized that I provided good service. I am honest and treat my clients the way I would want to be treated.”
Life on TV series:
He was cast at the center of the reality TV series, The Incredible Dr. Pol. The series which began airing on the 29th of October, 2011, is currently in its 17th season and shows no signs of slowing down. Talking about the show’s conception, he revealed that it was his son, Charles, and his friends who thought of the idea. While he appreciates the show, he also believes that having the camera hinders the work. Since its inception, the series has seen massive success and has received several accolades for the work.
Personal Life and Family Tragedy:
Dr. Jan Pol is happily married to his then girlfriend Diane Pol, who has been instrumental in Dr. Pol’s rise as a veterinarian. The pair tied the knot in 1967 and have been together for nearly half a century. While the pair don’t have any kids of their own, they have adopted three children, a son Charles Pol, and two daughters, Kathy Pol, and Diane Jr. While Kathy and Charles were adopted right from birth, Diane Jr. was adopted much later in life.
Apart from his happy and successful love he has faced some darker shades too. On the 20th of February 2016 he lost his son-in-law Gregory Butch (husband of Kathy Pol) who was battling with cancer. Dr. Pol has been hit by tragedies time and again. On the 18th of September 2019 he have to lose his grandson Adam James Butch too. Adam was struggling with depression for a long time before he was found dead on his room at the young age of 23.
Even though the pair have no children of their own they have been parents of three adopted children. Among them one is their adopted son Charles Pol. Charles went to the University of Miami, from where he graduated in 2003, majoring was communications. Despite his interest in entertainment industry Charles is always available for his father every time running their clinic. Apart from clinic Charles has a good experience of working with the renowned companies such as Paramount Pictures and Mirage Enterprises. He is also the Producer and executive producer of the series “The Incredible Dr. Pol” and “The Legend of Sheriff Gus Skinner”