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Published On: Sat, Aug 10th, 2019

Dr Pol talks about becoming a vet, treating camels, an alligator, a Belgian intersex horse

The Incredible Dr. Pol, currently airing its 15th season Saturday nights on Nat Geo Wild, centers around Dr. Jan Pol, his family, and his staff, as they deal with their clients and their various critters they assist across Central Michigan in their veterinary practice.

Dr. Pol spoke with TV Insider and talked about becoming a vet: “I was born and raised on a dairy farm, the youngest of six, so always around horses, cows, pigs, sheep — and I got along well with them. … When I was 12 years old, the local veterinarian picked me up to help deliver piglets at my brother’s, and I thought that was so much fun. From then on I said, ‘Hey, I want to become a veterinarian,” and it’s been a job that I have enjoyed my whole life.'”

While he’s treated all sorts of pets/animals over the years, Pol was asked about the strangest one: “I have no idea, because I treat anything that comes through the door. I’m a veterinarian from the old school — we had a Hippocratic Oath, where we were supposed to help every animal, and that’s what I am trying to do,” he continued: “We have had people that bring camels in; I have given a health certificate for an elephant; I’ve seen an alligator; I’ve seen snakes. The most unusual thing I’ve ever seen was just recently: I was doing surgery on a Belgian stallion and I pulled out a uterus! It was intersex! … I saved that uterus in formaldehyde in the clinic among my souvenirs.”

Weidman, MI: Dr. Pol poses outside of his clinic.
(Photo Credit: © Super! Alright!)

Pol, 76, is one of the most successful vets in the country, lovable and knowledgeable.

Check out some clips below.

When asked about getting was with his wife, Diane, Jan Pol told the Insider that they “…really love sun and beaches and sea. Both Diane and I love to swim and we love to lay on the beach. We love to go to Aruba, which is a Dutch island, but we enjoy any place where it is quiet and restful, because now our life is hectic!”

The Incredible Dr. Pol, Saturdays, 9/8c, Nat Geo WILD

Weidman, MI: Dr. Pol headshot outside his barn.
(Photo Credit: © Super! Alright!)

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