The Incredible Dr. Pol

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The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Incredible Dr. Pol logo.png
GenreReality television
Created byJon Schroder
Developed byCharles Pol
  • Jan Pol
  • Diane Pol
  • Charles Pol
  • Brenda Grettenberger
  • Nicole Arcy
  • Ray Harp
  • Lisa Jones
Narrated byAri Rubin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons20
No. of episodes225 (2022 March)
ProducerCharles Pol
Production locationWeidman, Michigan
Running time44–50 minutes
Production companies
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Original networkNat Geo Wild
Original release2011 (2011) –

The Incredible Dr. Pol is an American reality television show on Nat Geo Wild that follows Dutch veterinarian Jan Pol and his family and employees at his practice in rural Weidman, Michigan.[1][2][3] The series premiered in 2011 and has two seasons every year, for a total of 20 through February 2022.[4]


Diane and Jan Pol in 2019


Filming The Incredible Dr. Pol in 2019

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." He credits his son Charles, who is the series producer, and who successfully pitched the series to National Geographic. 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."[13]


Pol's style has received a mixed reception by veterinarians,[16] and in 2014, Pol was fined $500 and had his license put on probation by the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine for not wearing proper surgical attire during treatment of a Boston terrier.[17] However, a year later, the sentencing was overturned by the Michigan Court of Appeals, which reversed and remanded, holding inter alia that there was no competent evidence that there was a breach of the standard of care and citing the fact that "the owners of the dog were happy with the care it has been given."[18][8][19][20]


  1. ^ Zimlich, Rachael (November 1, 2011). "The Incredible Dr. Pol". DVM360 Magazine. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b Ali, Lorraine (February 16, 2018). "TELEVISION: Calf pulling and puppy worming: rural vet Dr. Pol is reality TV's most unlikely star". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  3. ^ James, Katie (July 1, 2016). "Michigan appeals court finds in favor of Dr. Pol. Overturns disciplinary action ordered by state regulatory board in relation to negligence, incompetence findings". Veterinary News. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "Full Episode Guide". The Incredible Dr. Pol. Weidman, Michigan. Retrieved 16 July 2019. S1.E1: Oct 29, 2011 ... S17.E14: August 15, 2020 (only accessible from the United States or its territories)
  5. ^ Dr. Jan Pol verified Twitter account [@drpol] (4 September 2018). "On this date in 1942, Dr. Pol was born in Wateren, The Netherlands" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 7 April 2019. Retrieved 7 April 2019 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Meet the Pol Team-Dr.Pol". National Geographic TV network. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  7. ^ Meet Dr.Pol - website Santee School District (pdf)
  8. ^ a b c "Dr. Pol wiki, bio, married, wife Diane Pol, children, age, net worth". Mar 3, 2018. Retrieved Jan 5, 2020.
  9. ^ Soltes, John (December 31, 2019). "INTERVIEW: Dr. Pol looks back at 2019, ahead at 2020". Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  10. ^ Cutler, Jacqueline (March 8, 2018). "Incredible Dr. Pol' can't retire because other vets won't treat farm animals". USA TODAY.
  11. ^ "Facts vet and Wild". 29 September 2011. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  12. ^ Arnold, Carrie (28 February 2014). "Q&A: The Real Story of 'The Incredible Dr. Pol'". Archived from the original on 20 May 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  13. ^ a b Andy Dehnart (July 5, 2018). "National Geographic: How The Incredible Dr. Pol is filmed: an interview with Dr. Pol". Reality Blurred. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  14. ^ "Meet the Pol Team– Dr.Brenda". 19 July 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Dr. Emily Thomas Wiki: Married, husband, Kids, age, Net Worth". Thecelebsinfo. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  16. ^ Dr. Debora Lichtenberg, VMD (August 3, 2019). "Why the "Incredible" Dr. Pol Is So Controversial in the Vet World". Retrieved January 5, 2020. Cable TV’s famous veterinarian has faced charges of negligence and incompetence since his show first aired.
  17. ^ James, Katie (July 1, 2016). "Michigan appeals court finds in favor of Dr. Pol". Retrieved July 10, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ "BUREAU OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES V JAN H POL DVM DVM Bureau of Professional Licensing v. Jan H. Pol, DVM (Per Curiam Opinion) Case No. 327346". Justia. June 23, 2016. pp. 1, 9.
  19. ^ Zimlich, Rachael. "Some reviews of 'The Incredible Dr. Pol' reality show not so incredible". Veterinary News. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  20. ^ "davidreyes — Articles tagged Documentary". August 13, 2018. Archived from the original on August 13, 2018.

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