Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life as a Country Vet

Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow My Life as a Country Vet 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 in Neth

  • Title: Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life as a Country Vet
  • Author: Jan Pol David Fisher
  • ISBN: 9781592408979
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 in 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 tThe 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 in 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 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.

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    1. This ain't no All Creatures Great and Small, but it ain't bad neither!Jan Pol is a veterinarian practicing in Michigan and the star of a reality show on Nat Geo Wild. In fact, it's the channel's most popular show. Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow is Pol's cash-in-on-popularity book. I don't blame him! I don't think he even wanted to write it, but when the people want it, you do what you got to do.It's apparent that writing isn't Pol's number one strength. He's an immigrant from the Netherlan [...]

    2. I have to be honest, this isn't a book I would have normally picked up on my own and having never watched the main character's show before, I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into when I picked this up.I can say this turned out to be a delightful and even fun and sometimes funny and informative read all about the life of Dr. Jan Pol. I feel like after reading this not only do I understand a bit more about the life of a vet, but I feel like I actually know Dr. Pol as well. This really was qu [...]

    3. I have never watched the television show “The Incredible Dr. Pol” on the National Geographic Channel. Until I read this book, I had never heard of Dr. Pol. Jan Pol was born and educated in the Netherlands. He has been a veterinarian in Michigan since the 1970s.The book is well written and tells the story of his life as a large animal vet. Pol does a good job describing what the life of a vet is like and how it has changed since the 1970s. He states there are less small farms now than in the [...]

    4. A charming book about being a veterinarian. The stories are folksy and informative. I never knew that Great Danes make excellent and willing blood donors for dogs. I've never seen the Nat Geo Wild show about the author's practice, but plan to look it up on the Internet.

    5. Anyone familiar with veterinary medicine know that there's some controversy regarding Dr. Pol's reality show (see here: veterinarynews.dvm360/dvm/). I've yet to watch it, but apparently he practices veterinary medicine in a more traditional manner, which some critics argue is substandard care. I can sort of understand where he's coming from, as this book does shed light into his reasons for his sort of medicine and his background does make his approach seem more valid.However, I do have a proble [...]

    6. Being a livestock owner I could relate to so many of the things Jan Pol wrote about. It made me regret having no television to see his program.The book has an easy pace. It is not for the faint of heart as it deals with livestock realities, good and bad. I've had to pull a calf. Luckily it was easy, no adjustments needed and the cow was a pet. I've pulled several goat kids, some easy and some hard. He is so right that it is special every time to hold that newborn still wet and shaky as it finds [...]

    7. This book has its' interesting and witty moments, but it meanders all over the place. There are some good tidbits for sure. However, if you are looking for a vet story as beautifully written as one by James Herriot, you will be let down. This book feels like a marketing push by the Dr. Pol television shows producers. I bet this guy is a heck of a vet, but writing a memoir is probably not in his wheelhouse.Star rating: 2.5. I'd rather watch Dr. Pol's show rather than read his book.

    8. Like most people, I first heard about Dr. Pol on his Nat Geo Wild show, and I loved it from the first viewing. So as soon as I saw he was releasing a book, I put it on request at the library. This book gives some more background on his life and why he became a vet. I listened to the audiobook and it was really well done.

    9. A fun book, but it moves a bit too quickly, it would have been more enjoyable if we had time to really get to know some of the people and animals. Something that James Herriot excelled at; on the other hand every word of these stories is true which I understand cannot be said for Herriot.

    10. The book Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life as a Country Vet is a book about a veterinarian in Weidman Michigan. His name is Dr. Jan Pol. Dr. Pol has a television show on Nat Geo Wild. He has loved animals his whole life.This book took me a while to read, but I could not get my nose out of it. This is a great book to read if you want to become a veterinarian. Dr. Pol uses old school techniques in his practice. I find his ways very interesting and they seem to be very useful.

    11. I may have never seen his show, but after reading this book I feel like I know and love Dr. Pol. My co-worker saw me reading this and asked, “Is that the guy that sticks his arm up a cow’s butt?” Before finishing the first chapter, I could reply, “Yes. Yes it is.” Or, as the awesome Dr. Pol writes, “for many people their careers as a vet begin the day they stick their hands inside an animal’s butt for the first time.” This all began in the Netherlands, gloveless, and green armed. [...]

    12. Pol is not the sort of vet you took your puppy to as a kid. He's a farm vet, focused not only on bigger animals but also on the farmer's bottom line. He clearly loves and respects animals, and loves that he gets to work with them day in and day out, but he's also a realist. Will saving -- or trying to save -- this cow's life be beneficial to the success of the farm, or would it be better to send her to slaughter? But he's also clear about his focus on quality of life; saving a horse from slaught [...]

    13. The Incredible Dr. Pol is a show I've watched a lot of. I found it very interesting to see a Dutch vetinarian in America. You can still hear it in his accent, and even some of the things he does and says. So when I heard he had a book out and had the oppurtunity to get it, I did. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting from this book, but I guess I was expecting more details about his past as a vet and a addition to the tv show. But I don't feel that the book is quite like that. Mostly it just f [...]

    14. having worked for a veterinarian (small animal)and having a huge love of animals I thought i'd enjoy this and I did, very much! dr. pol is, as stated in the title a "country vet" meaning that his practice covers mainly farm animals so the book recounted many tales (tails?) of dr. pol's treatments of cows, horses & pigs! there were many stories of births, some with better result than others, there were things that made me laugh and others that had me in tears (the story of the family dog, mae [...]

    15. "Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow" by Jan Pol is a very cool book about a country vet who lives in Michigan. Jan Pol does big and small animals. He works with dogs, cats, reptiles, cows, pigs, horses, sheep, goats, and then list goes on. He does pregnancy checks, regular check ups, and many other things. In his book he shares his journey to becoming a vet, and he shares some memorable animal stories he has experienced along the way. I love his show "The Incredible Dr. Pol" and would recommen [...]

    16. What a life story! How blessed each of us would be if we went to work each day doing that which we most wanted to do in all the world!! Dr. Pol has that opportunity, and his enjoyment of his chosen profession is SO obvious in this book. Not only does he enjoy it, but it is his passion. I enjoyed the stories, the experiences, and animals, and the people. The book is written not particularly as an autobiography, although that's what it is, but more as a very enjoyable run-on of many of his memorab [...]

    17. De van Nederlandse afkomst Dokter Pol heeft een dierenartsenpraktijk in Michigan. Over hem is een tv-serie gemaakt, die nu ook in Nederland te zien is op National Geographic. Ik heb daar even naar gekeken, en las toen weer verder in dit boek. Het is alsof Jan Pol bij je in de kamer zit en je vertelt over zijn belevenissen als dierenarts. Dat zijn er veel, maar jammer is, dat ze toch vele malen hetzelfde lijken voor de leek. De magen van koeien bleven maar verdraaid zitten, er moest weer een kalf [...]

    18. I will admit I never miss the show and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There was more of Doc. Pol's background, why he became a vet, education, love of animals, more stories than could ever fit in the show, and his love of family (he explains the best part of the show is the time he gets to spend with Charles). This book is not for the squeamish though. Some of the stories are about trying to save a cow after a death of the calf and the lengths he has to go to and the smell. Parts of this book m [...]

    19. I love Dr Pol and thoroughly enjoyed his book!! It brought together my two passions -- reading and animals! Dr Pol provided many interesting true stories of the animals he has cared for, and his life as a rural veterinarian. Having been a fan of his show, it was easy to imagine Dr Pol retelling all these stories, not just of the animals but of his childhood, and his years up till now as a vet I'm hoping there will be another book in the works! I'm sure he has many more animal stories to tell!!

    20. Leuk boek om te lezen. Heb af en toe hardop zitten lachen en zelfs een keer een traantje gelaten. Het komt wel soms wat rommelig over en springt van de hak op de tak lijkt het. Er is echt geschreven aan de hand van voorbeelden

    21. I like Dr. Pol -- more so now that I've read this book. Being a vet -- especially a large animal vet -- is not an easy job. This book is kind of him rambling through 40 years of stories, but each one illustrates his care and compassion for his patients and their humans.

    22. Ik ben fan van de show van dokter Pol, natuurlijk dat is waarom ik dit boek gelezen heb en ondanks het vreselijke format doorgezet heb.Mijn grote vraag over dit boek is of er een redacteur naar gekeken heeft.Het boek is eigenlijk een aaneenschakeling van anekdotes, als de anekdotes op en logische manier op elkaar aansloten dan zou dat geen probleem zijn. Het lijkt echter of dokter Pol is gaan zitten vertellen en daarna iemand op willekeurige plaatsen hoofdstukken heeft ingedeeld. Nog vervelender [...]

    23. I really enjoyed this book. Pol is a down-to-earth, compassionate vet. He considers both the owners and the patients while treating animals. As he increases in experience, he learns more and more about the animals he treats and how they responds to him. While he emphasizes that animals are not people and people should not treat them as people, he very much respects animals and treats them with compassion and understanding. Much of the book is about his experiences in the rural Mid-west with farm [...]

    24. Entertaining and Great ReadI stumbled upon this book due to my previous book interests and it wasn’t until I started reading that I realized he was on a TV show. After reading the book, I would love to watch the show since I quite enjoyed the book. It was interesting, informative, and entertaining. It flowed well and never seemed to lag. It was a great veterinary documentary although my favorite is still James Herriot. I really enjoyed this book though and was disappointed when I read through [...]

    25. This book is about a farm vet in Michigan named Jan Pol. This farm vet grew up and went to school in the Netherlands before he moved to Michigan. The story is about how he got to where he is now, from his inspiration as an 11 year old when he pulled his first litter of piglets to owning his own clinic and being the star on the TV show the Incredible Doc. Pol on the CW. I really enjoyed this book because it went through mistakes that he made when he was an inexperienced vet and how he learned fro [...]

    26. FabulousI have been a huge fan of his National Geographic channel show, for a couple of years. His show is interesting, in the variety of issues he addresses with the animals he treats, but I certainly love his no-nonsense approach, and that he has such enthusiasm and compassion for all the animals he treats. I used to be an animal control officer, and I can certainly relate with his advice on how animals give you hints with their behavior. I used to use that to my advantage with catching stray [...]

    27. I've never seen this vet's TV show, but I was intrigued by the title, as I grew up on a cattle farm. My mother was a big fan of James Herriot, and I read a lot of his books, so I was curious to see how this vet operated. Knowing a lot about farm animals, I was fascinated by this story. Animal lovers who have soft hearts will not like this book--Dr. Pol is very matter-of-fact about animal care and does not humanize his patients, so some of his procedures may seem heartless to someone like that.

    28. Yes, He is incredible!!!What a wonderful life you have led. I really enjoyed reading your story. Without a doubt you truly care for animals but it's the compassion you have for not just them but for their owners is what sets you apart from many vets. I watch the show religiously and a loyal fan. Thank you for being a champion for all animals. Sincerely, Debora Seifert.

    29. Reading this book was like sitting down and having a cup of coffee with Dr. Pol. It seemed like one story would remind him of another and that story still another. It offers a glimpse into the life of a vet and the changes that time has wrought.

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