‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’: How Coronavirus Is Affecting the Vet’s Practice

Watching a program like The Incredible Dr. Pol, one forgets that it’s an actual veterinary practice and not a set. And so it is that reality has invaded this reality show, as with our nation, as with the world at large.

Charles Pol, Diane Pol, and Dr. Jan Pol of 'The Incredible Dr. Pol'
Charles Pol, Diane Pol, and Dr. Jan Pol of ‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’ | Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has arrived in Weidman, Michigan, at Pol Veterinary Services and Dr. Pol and his staff are dealing with it the best they can.

Dr. Pol’s practice is limiting their services

Out of concern during the current coronavirus situation, Dr. Pol and his staff have decided to limit the extent of their practice in order to do their part in preventing the spread of the virus.

As with many medical offices, Pol’s practice is asking clients not to bring in their pets for routine reasons, such as check-ups or for minor issues.

Dr. Pol posted on Instagram, “Pol Veterinary Services will remain open to serve clients with scheduled appointments and emergencies. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are asking that any non-essential visits please be postponed. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.”

Dr. Pol’s current season just ended

Current season 16’s finale of The Incredible Dr. Pol took place this week. The season began in January after the end of the ’12 Days of Pol’ holiday marathon. The multi-day binge of the reality show is an annual fan end-of-year favorite and the fact that it led into the new season was the cherry on top.

With sixteen incredible seasons under his belt, Dr. Pol is still unbelieving at the show’s success. He told RealityBlurred in 2018, “Heck yes, it surprised me—it surprised everybody! How do you know when you make a hit show? This show is watched by everybody—all kinds of life, all ages, big family show, and I think this is what is so fantastic.”

When will Season 17 start?

So far, a definite start date for season 17 has not been announced. We’ll have to wait and see if the current national health crisis will affect filming on the reality show.

If Nat Geo Wild continues to release the hit reality show on the same schedule as previous seasons, it’s likely The Incredible Dr. Pol Season 17 should premiere by July or August of 2020.

As the network’s executive vice president Geoff Daniels has said, “Dr. Pol is the Dutch gift that keeps on giving. There really is no one quite like him on TV with the kind of straight-up honesty and humor that resonate so well with viewers of all ages all over the world. Dr. Pol is a skilled veterinarian, a great family man, a hero to his community, and a wonderful ambassador for Nat Geo WILD.”

In the end, Dr. Pol has to think of the health of his family and staff in restricting the clients his practice will see. Once the virus has “run its course,” so to speak, things will be back to normal at Pol Veterinary Practice.

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