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The Incredible Dr. Pol
Michigan veterinarian makes television debut on National Geographic cable series


DVM360 MAGAZINE


"I thought, 'oh whatever.' But he came with two friends and a camera man," Pol says.

And National Geographic liked the pilot and sent a production team to Weidman in May. Two camera crews followed Pol for three weeks, both in his clinic and on farm calls.

"They were around me all the time, but the work had to be done," says Pol, who had to remind the camera crews on several occasions to move quicker. "They slowed me down a little bit," he adds.

Permission was gained by all of his clients to film the show on their farms.

"Everybody was saying, 'what's that, what's that?'" but most were very receptive when they heard what was going on," he says.

Many of his clients will be featured in the show, and the excitement about the premiere is "unbelievable," says Pol, who will watch his debut episode for the first time surrounded by his staff, family and friends at home.

"I only watched a rough draft of the first episode," he says. "Whatever the show is, I have no idea."

As for the impression he will give of the veterinary profession, Pol is unapologetic.

It's a hard, physically demanding job, and that fact will likely come through in the show. What will also come through is his love for veterinary practice.

"It makes you feel good when you get it done," he says. "Thank goodness, I have never broken any bones. Yeah, I've been kicked, and I've been sore. Last year, just before (the camera crews) came, a cow ran into me and popped my rotator cuff. It was an accident, and the surgery went well. Things happen, but I still can do it, and that, I (feel very) fortunate about."

A total of four episodes of "The Incredible Dr. Pol" will air on "National Geographic Wild," at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Oct. 29; 9 p.m. on Nov. 5 and 9 p.m. on Nov. 12.

"I'm an eternal optimist... I try to laugh a lot, because that's life. There's no use going through life crying over spilled milk. That's life. Milk a cow and get some more."


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