Every child, at some point, dreams of becoming a veterinarian. The idyllic notion of spending the day with animal friends seems perfect, and reality shows like ‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’ offer viewers a chance to experience this without the messier aspects of veterinary work. This National Geographic Wild series, now spanning an impressive 23 seasons, introduces audiences to veterinarian Jan Pol, his family, and staff as they tirelessly work to keep the animals of Weidman, Michigan, healthy.
One beloved member of the show, Dr. Brenda Grettenberger, was notably absent from season 18, leaving fans puzzled and speculating about her departure. To unravel this mystery, let’s first delve into Dr. Brenda’s background and how she became a part of Pol Veterinary Services.
Who is Dr. Brenda Grettenberger?
Dr. Brenda Grettenberger, born in 1967 in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, grew up on a dairy farm with a passion for working with large animals. A graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, she responded to a job ad in the AVMA journal, marking the beginning of her journey with Pol Veterinary Services in 1992. Dr. Brenda has been a stalwart member of the team, working alongside Dr. Pol for over 30 years.
The Veterinarian Patriarch – Dr. Jan Pol
Dr. Jan Pol, born in Wateren, Netherlands, had his veterinary epiphany at age 12 when he assisted in delivering piglets on his family’s farm. After studying at Utrecht University Veterinary, he moved to the United States, where he eventually founded Pol Veterinary Services in 1981. Dr. Brenda joined the practice ten years later, becoming an integral part of the team.
The Absence of Dr. Brenda – Season 18 Explained
Speculations regarding Dr. Brenda’s absence from season 18 were put to rest by Dr. Pol’s son, Charles Pol, in a Facebook Live event. Charles assured fans that there was no cause for concern, stating that Dr. Brenda had not left the practice. Her reduced screen time was simply a result of a busy schedule and personal commitments, not any underlying drama. Charles emphasized that Dr. Brenda remains an integral part of the Pol Veterinary family, having been with them for over three decades.
Dr. Brenda’s Future on ‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’
The fears of Dr. Brenda disappearing were alleviated when she returned to the show after season 18. In a later Facebook Live event in July 2022, Charles Pol confirmed that Dr. Brenda is here to stay. Despite the conclusion of the 23rd season, fans can eagerly anticipate the 24th season, as Dr. Brenda continues to be an indispensable part of ‘The Incredible Dr. Pol.’
For those wanting more of Dr. Brenda’s expertise, previous episodes of the show are available for streaming on platforms such as ABC, Disney Plus, and Hulu. The Pol Veterinary legacy, with Dr. Brenda at its heart, is set to continue delighting audiences in the seasons to come.