Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life as a Country Vet (Paperback)
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The star of The Incredible Dr. Pol shares his amusing, and often poignant, tales from his four decades as a vet in rural Michigan.
Dr. Jan Pol is not your typical veterinarian. Born and raised the Netherlands on a dairy farm, he is the star of Nat Geo Wild’s hit show The Incredible Dr. Pol and has been treating animals in rural Michigan since the 1970s. Dr. Pol’s more than 20,000 patients have ranged from white mice to 2600-pound horses and everything in between.
From the time he was twelve years old and helped deliver a litter of piglets on his family’s farm to the incredible moments captured on his hit TV show, Dr. Pol has amassed a wealth of stories of what it’s like caring for this menagerie of animals. He shares his own story of growing up surrounded by animals, training to be a vet in the Netherlands, and moving to Michigan to open his first practice in a pre fab house. He has established himself as an empathetic yet no-nonsense vet who isn’t afraid to make the difficult decisions in order to do what’s best for his patients—and their hard-working owners. A sick pet can bring heartache, but a sick cow or horse could threaten the very livelihood of a farmer whose modest profits are dependent on healthy livestock.
Reminiscent of the classic books of James Herriot, Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow is a charming, fascinating, and funny memoir that will delight animal lovers everywhere.
About the Author
A native of The Netherlands, Dr. Jan Pol has been a practicing vet for more than 35 years. He lives in Weidman, Michigan with his wife, two horses, two dogs, five cats, five peacocks, two doves, about 25 chickens, and who knows how many fish.
David Fisher is the author or co-author of 18 New York Times bestsellers, among them collaborations with New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin, entertainers George Burns, Leslie Nielsen, and William Shatner; and Nobel Prize–winning biochemist Kary Mullis. He lives in New York.
“America’s favorite veterinarian.”
“Nat Geo WILD’s #1 series The Incredible Dr. Pol continues to charm audiences and animal lovers everywhere.”
—TV by the Numbers
“There are TV shows that are so simple, so straightforward and so purely American that you can't help but want to stick an apple pie in the oven when they're on. Case in point is the family-friendly, well-made and fun The Incredible Dr. Pol” — TV First Look
“America’s favorite veterinarian.” — Scratch magazine
"Dr. Pol has dedicated his life to ensuring that the declining population of family farmers stay in business and that their livestock remain healthy and happy." — PawNation.com
"Dr. Pol's vet's-eye view of the world will plunge you up to the armpit in his passion and compassion for all the animals that walk the earth."
— Jim Gorant, author of the New York Times bestseller The Lost Dogs
"The story of Dr. Pol and his old-school veterinary practice is as fascinating on the page as it is on TV. Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow is an eye-opening glimpse at the many unexpected adventures faced by animals and their people."
— Ken Foster, author of I'm a Good Dog and The Dogs Who Found Me
"The Incredible Dr. Pol is awesome."
— Kristen Bell
"Dr. Pol really is incredible! His hard work, dedication, and passion for his career comes through the TV, leaving viewers wanting more of the friendly veterinarian."
— Yahoo! TV
"Dr. Pol is a no-nonsense, get-'er done kind of vet. Even I learn things when I watch his show!"
— Dr. Michelle Oakley, veterinarian and host of Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet on Nat Geo WILD