Popular Michigan veterinarian disciplined by state board

Posted at 7:09 PM, Mar 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-26 22:47:01-04

LANSING, Mich. -- Dr. Jan Pol is from the Mount Pleasant area, and he's the star of "The Incredible Dr. Pol." It's a reality show on the National Geographic Channel.

He's been accused of improper care of animals. Dozens of supporters packed a state conference room in Lansing today to hear how the state veterinary board would handle the complaint.

Dr. Eden Myers, a Kentucky veterinarian, made the accusations. Myers said she saw an episode where Pol performed surgery on Mr. Pigglesworth - a Boston terrier that was hit by a car in 2012.

The Kentucky vet decided to write a 5-page complaint to the state of Michigan (found here). She pointed out a number of things she believes Dr. Pol and his son did or didn't do during and after Mr. Pigglesworth surgery. The accusations range from a lack of cleanliness to improper sedation techniques and overnight care.

Today, the disciplinary subcommittee for the state veterinary board decided to fine Pol $500, and they placed him on probation for a year.

"My standard is the affordable care for animals: common sense, affordable care. This is how people like this can have pets," Pol told FOX 17 after the meeting.

People in attendance were upset that they weren't allowed to comment until after a decision was made.
Pol hasn't decided if he's going to appeal.