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Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow Audiobook

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

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.
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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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    Shannon Grosse Ile, MI, United States 09-09-14
    Shannon Grosse Ile, MI, United States 09-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun book about the day to day life of a vet"
    What did you love best about Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow?

    I laughed often at this book. The stories were really wonderful. My only criticism is that my stomach was a little squeamish during parts. That's a personal problem though and most would find no issue with the details of some of the cases.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Pol - he is warm and caring and compassionate with the animals but can be tough as nails when it's in the best interest of the animal and the farmer.


    What about Tom Perkins’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed his reading a lot but I think that the audiobook might have been better in Dr Pol's own voice.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I really liked how Dr Pol said that the show brought his son and himself closer together. I thought that was very sweet.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 05-05-15
    Nancy 05-05-15
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    "Does Not Nearly Do Justice For Dr Pol"

    We are dairy farmers, or at least my husband is. As a commuter, I listen to a lot of audio books. And, since I never miss an episode of Dr Pol, I was thrilled to learn he had written a book. But something unpleasant happened along the way. Perhaps it was the writer, or perhaps it is Dr Pol's story just doesn't translate, or, maybe it was the narrator but whatever it was, something didn't gel.

    I almost didn't leave a review and it is my hope that it was just me, but I have committed to write honest reviews, from MY own point of view, so there you have it. Others may find it wonderful and I actually hope so.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 09-22-15
    Ryan 09-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect for a pre-vet student"

    As someone that is pursuing a career as a DVM- like the show, this book offers a good depth of the profession. It's cool to here about Dr. Pol and his life.

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    Jeffrey Wood Michigan 08-23-15
    Jeffrey Wood Michigan 08-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "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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    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 02-16-15
    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 02-16-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Love the show and the book"
    Would you listen to Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow again? Why?

    I would listen to this one again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Dr. Pol of course. I am an animal lover and own several, if Dr. Pol was my local vet I would hire him everytime. Im a fan of the show and so happy this book was written. He has led a wonderful life doing what he loves and it shows in his energy and sense of humor.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Perkins – was your favorite?

    Narration was fine but I wish that Dr. Pol could have read this himself. I like the accent very much.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he discussed his feelings about euthanasia. Its the hardest emotional issue any pet owner may have to face at sometime and it was nice to know Dr. Pol sympathizes with these choices too as he had to make this choice even for his own pets.


    Any additional comments?

    Dr. Pol Rocks. If you like the show you need to read this.

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