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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Jan Pol is not your typical veterinarian. Born and raised on a dairy farm in the Netherlands, 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 20,000-plus patients have ranged from white mice to 2,600-pound horses and everything in between. From the time he was 12 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 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. 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.
©2014 Jan Pol and David Fisher (P)2014 Tantor
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"America's favorite veterinarian." ---Scratch magazine
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 02-26-18

A Fun Read

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 70s. Therefore, he does more small animal vs large animal veterinary work now.

I found the book an enjoyable read and learned what it was like being a large animal vet. He told some great stories about cows and horses. There is some repetition in the book that the editors should have removed. The quality of writing does not match that of James Herriot, but it is highly readable.

The book is almost nine hours. Tom Perkins does a great job narrating the book. Perkins is an award-winning audio-engineer for over forty years. Now also narrating audiobooks.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeff on 08-23-15

Definitely going to listen to again!

I love the TV show so I figured I'd be entertained by the book, but let me tell you it exceeded my expectations. I loved all the stories most of all, but it was also cool how Dr. Pol got candid and talked about some behind the scenes stuff. I liked how he was honest about how he felt and why when he talked about being reported for treatment another vet thought was wrong. I also liked how he said multiple times that animals are not like humans and should not be treated like humans. it sounds weird out of context, so have a listen and see what he's talking about. most importantly I love how Dr. Pol loves animals and how it really does show in all his stories. I definitely recommend this book for a fun and sometimes educational read!

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