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Published On: Thu, Mar 26th, 2015

Kentucky vet Eden Myers leads attack on Michigan’s Nat Geo star Dr Pol

The state board that regulates Michigan veterinarians voted to discipline Dr. Jan Pol Thursday afternoon, fining him $500 based on allegations that he “failed to wear appropriate protective clothing while operating on a dog” during an episode of the man’s reality show.

Pol, 72, is well-known as the star of his own reality TV show called The Incredible Dr. Pol, which airs on National Geographic Wild. The show documents the care Pol gives to animals in Weidman, Michigan, a small town northwest of Mount Pleasant in Isabella County.

Dr Pol National Geographic photoThe case centered around care Pol provided for a dog during one of the episodes of the reality TV show. Pol was accused of failing to meet the standard of care for Michigan veterinarians. Among the specific allegations: That Pol failed to wear appropriate protective clothing while operating on a dog that was hit by a car.

Kentucky vet Eden Myers accused Pol of being negligent because he was not wearing sterile surgical clothing when he operated on the dog.

 

The dog, named Mr. Pigglesworth, survived the operation and showed up with his owners in support of Pol at the hearing’s conclusion.

Morning Sun chronicled the response from supporters who showed up at the hearing, joining 10,000 others in a petition of support and attempted to sway the committee from acting on the claims from the out-of-state vet.

The article notes:

Pol’s attorney, Christopher Patterson, told subcommittee members that the decision was an injustice because the original complaint contained two allegations and that the state “ambushed” his client with seven new allegations without giving any notice.

Patterson said he will discuss with Pol what, if anything, will happen next, and that a stipulation of the probation requiring Pol to get continuing education is moot because he already does so.

Pol can either accept the sanctions, ask for another hearing or appeal the decision to the Michigan Court of Appeals.

The Incredible Dr. Pol has set records for viewers on Nat Geo Wild as the show recently just enjoyed the finale of their sixth season.

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  1. Jay says:

    I’ve watched the show and he and his staff diligently take temperatures from the fear induced, constricted sphincters of many animals!

    He has miraculously saved so many animals which can be attested to by his clients, not just viewers.

    I’m NOT a fan of other DVMs nitpicking procedural faults they see on an episode because they have some need to be acknowledged. Lets see them determine inter-utero cow gestation’s by a few seconds touch. hmph!!

    bow down haters, POL is the shiz

  2. JL says:

    Is it so obsurd to consider that many of these cases where ppl are claiming that standard practices such as not performing immediate surgery wasn’t done was because the owners couldn’t afford it? Hes a Vet on TV where there is editing. We don’t see everything and we don’t hear full coversations between vet and owner. He’s an old school vet and knows old school, common sense medicine. And I have to
    be honest…..I have more faith in those ways than I do the modern ways that cost so much money that nearly no one can afford them anyway. There’s nothing wrong with going back to basics in a lot of cases. Field surgery is never a sterile environment and it’s a common practice. Yet, we expect tubes and machines and monitoring in a sterile environment inside a clinic? While the latter is optimal it’s not always necessary to save a life.

  3. Charles Rabe EVT says:

    The world is not perfect I work under four Veterinarian s that practices both large and Small animals I have been in the field for thirty five year’s have performed field surgery and also hundreds of spay and neuterings at animal shelter’s with minimal facilities ! Their are so many different types of ecceptable sedation that a Veterinarian is comfortable with and WILL vary as you practices you use what works ! I believe some vet’s graduate at the bottom of their class I personally feel that this Myers is possibly one of them .

  4. Mm says:

    Just a green eyed jealous witch. She is upset because she doesn’t have a show. There is no doubt the market for vet services in Michigan would have already sorted this out long ago if Dr Pol was such a terrible vet. In other words he wouldn’t have over 19000 clients. I guess she is trying to say that everything she does is perfect, but we know better. State boards nearly always find something wrong to justify their existence so I am not surprised they did with him. I am sure the Kentucky state board could easily find something wrong with her practice too. Leave Dr. Pol alone. He has forgotten more than all you little upstart snot nosed beginners know put together. Have a nice day

  5. Mm says:

    Just a green eyed jealous witch. She is upset because she doesn’t have a show. There is no doubt the market for vet services in Michigan would have already sorted this out long ago if Dr Pol was such a terrible vet. In other words he wouldn’t have over 19000 clients. I guess she is trying to say that everything she does is perfect, but we know better. State boards nearly always find something wrong to justify their existence so I am not surprised they did with him. I am sure the Kentucky state board could easily find something wrong with her practice too. Leave Dr. Pol alone. He has forgotten more than all you little upstart snot nosed beginners know put together. Have a nice day

  6. Jack Donald says:

    Eden Myers is dumb and nuts. Injectible anesthetic agents can have pain relieving actions that last for days. Everything she says clearly defines her to be a mentally constipated terrorist. Check her out. She is ethically, morally and financially bankrupt. Period.

  7. Allison says:

    The reason why this was brought to the attention of the veterinary board by another veterinarian is because it is likely only other people in the veterinary field that recognize how horrendous his practices are. But the owners of these animals have no clue what the minimum standard of veterinary care even means. I am thankful that the dog is ok. But don’t forget the multiple cases where animals were NOT ok. For example he claimed that he could not perform surgery because a dog was in shock and therefore he gave steroids, threw them in a cage, and they then died. Steroids should never be given for trauma cases, which is discussed in the posted article. Surgery should have been immediately performed. I have no doubt that Dr. Pol cares about his patients, which is wonderful, but he believes that the minimum standard of care is determined by the individual veterinarian. That is absurd. He also believes that he and his staff have the ability to determine an animal’s temperature by touch…. That is cringeworthy. His defense is that he’s trying to cut cost. Providing warm water blankets and IV fluids will barely cost the clinic anything. Securing an airway and maintaining anesthesia using gas will undoubtedly save saves, especially in brachycephalic breeds, like bostons. It is also unacceptable that no monitoring equipment was used. It doesn’t matter how long the procedure is, they should always be monitored so that problems can be identified quickly and medications can be give through their IV catheter. Oh but wait, Dr. Pol doesn’t use IV catheters because that would cost too much.

    • Your Name... says:

      Lots of conjectures that are unfounded.

    • Jack says:

      Bullshit. You are nuts too.

    • Your Name...Nick says:

      Allison is just like the vet who tried to ruin Dr. Pol’s good name. She and the witch vet are jealous and try to find something wrong with all things in life. They are Hillary Clinton groupies and want the world to conform to the liberal ideas and will go after anyone for anything. Thank God the case was over turned in Dr. Pol’s favor and now he has a libel case against the Witch Vet. Give them Hell Charles.

  8. Myra Freedman says:

    Dr. Pol does not deserve what they are doing to him! All because of an over-zealous out-of-state vet who surmised from a short bit of video on TV that Pol was endangering animals. What horseshit!!!

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