Dr. Brenda – Family, Biography, Net Worth, The Incredible Dr. Pol

(Last Updated On: Jan 11, 2018)

Dr. Brenda Grettenberger is an American Veterinary Doctor and reality TV personality who has spent most of her life in farms helping to take care of animals. She is best known for her role in the Nat Geo Wild reality television show, “The Incredible Dr. Pol”.

Having established herself as one of the major stars of the show, Doctor Grettenberger DVM had often confessed that she was looked down upon at the early days of her engagement in Dr. Pol’s clinic as farmers were not used to having female veterinary practitioners on their farms. With time, Dr. Grettenberger has not only gained the respect of farmers, but has also captured the hearts of fans across the world. That’s why her biography is so important.

Asides from her time on television, Dr. Grettenberger has an amazing life with her family and her pet ox, Zeider, which she once described as a trip that is fun to watch when running and playing.

Birth and early life

Dr. Brenda Grettenberger (age 51 in 2018) was born on 23 February 1967 in the Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Owing to her reserved lifestyle, much is not known about her parents and siblings. What is known is that she spent most of her early days in the countryside on a family farm. When asked in an interview with Nat Geo Wild about her first job in high school, she said that she worked on the family farm. The farm was most likely a dairy farm as she is said to have developed immense interest in big animals and has an incredible knowledge of dairy cattle.

Obviously, Dr. Grettenberger had her early education and high school in the neighborhood of Eaton Rapids as she was part of the family farm business throughout the period of growing up. She attended the Michigan State University of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1992, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine.


Upon graduation, Dr. Brenda Grettenberger was employed at Pol Veterinary Services. At the time of her employment, most of the business at Pol Veterinary Services were large animals which she was already very conversant with. In spite of her educational qualification and lifelong knowledge in the area of large animal care, Dr. Grettenberger said she was often looked down upon as a young practitioner. This was not basically due to her lack of post-qualification experience. She believed that farmers, at that point, were not used to the idea of a female veterinarian and were skeptical about her ability to offer the essential treatment their animals needed. While she was gradually making progress with most animal owners, a number of the dairy farms in the area declined her offers and she started treating smaller animals. Overtime, she has grown to like the idea of mixed practice and has treated quite an array of animal species.

Dr Brenda Sue Grettenberger DVM is licensed as a Pharmacist (Pharmacies – Cs 2 licensed to practice in Michigan), Veterinarian (Veterinary Technician – Veterinarian licensed to practice in Michigan), and Veterinary Medicine (Veterinarian licensed to practice in Michigan).

Personal life

Fans of “The Incredible Dr. Pol” want to know: Is Dr Brenda married? Does she have a family? Is Doctor Brenda related to Doctor Pol?

Dr. Grettenberger keeps a low profile when it comes to her personal life. We know nothing about her relationships. There are no rumors of marriage or kids and she has not revealed any information about such special people. According to some sources, Doctor Brenda is currently single.

She revealed in an interview with Nat Geo Wild that she relaxes by reading and spending time with friends and family. There are definitely people she cares about, but Dr. Grettenberger will rather keep their identity away from the media. She also loves traveling and some good TV shows.

Brenda currently lives in Mount Pleasant, MI. She has also lived in Eaton Rapids and Weidman, MI. Doctor Brenda is not related to Dr Jan Pol.

Dr Brenda Net Worth

Dr. Brenda Grettenberger is definitely one of the rare types of celebrities that love to keep a low profile. This might be due to her profession, which she is incredibly passionate about. There is no information on her net worth and it will be difficult to estimate her net worth. Some sources estimate Dr. Brenda Grettenberger’s net worth at $100,000 – $250,000. Her yearly income is estimated at around $70,000.

We can assume that she has a decent net worth. Having been in veterinary practice for more than 25 years, it is safe to say that she has earned quite a good amount from the profession. Having been on 12 seasons of a television series in Nat Geo Wild and another single season of a related show must have also yielded a reasonable fortune for the energetic veterinarian. In conclusion, we can confidently say that Dr. Grettenberger is worth quite a lot of money.

The Incredible Dr. Pol

The Incredible Dr. Pol is the reality television series that has given Dr. Brenda Grettenberger the highest exposure and the fame that comes with it. She had already been an employee of the Pol Veterinary services for about 19 years before the show premiered on Nat Geo Wild. It was Dr. Jan-Harm Pol’s youngest child, Charles Pol, that pitched the show to the National Geographic Channel, and when the show came alive he became one of the producers.

Dr. Grettenberger was already an indispensable member of staff in Pol’s Veterinary services when the idea of the show was conceived. Once it was approved for production, she became an automatic cast member, alongside the rest of the staff of the clinic. The show centers on the Dutch-American veterinarian and owner of the clinic, Dr. Jan-Harm Pol and the activities of the clinic. Cast members of the show include Dr. Pol, his wife Diane Pol, youngest child and only son, Charles Pol, Dr. Brenda Grettenberger, and Dr. Emily Thomas. It is narrated by Ari Rubin and has English and Dutch as the original languages. The series has two seasons per year, and there are over a hundred episodes in its 12 seasons. Dr. Grettenberger has featured in all the seasons and almost in every single episode. Brenda is still working for Dr Pol in 2018, she has not left.

Dr. Brenda Grettenberger also featured on the show, “Calling Dr. Pol” from the time it ran (2015 – 2016).

Other engagements of Dr Brenda Grettenberger

Though not so much is known about Dr Brenda from Dr Pol, there are certainly some other things she must be engaged in. From the little we know, it is obvious that the veterinarian has a deep interest in animals and her other engagements are still tilted towards animal care. She is the treasurer of the Mid-West Ox Drovers Association and works to promote the wellbeing of oxen. While answering a question about what she would have been outside veterinary practice, she said she would have been a teacher or dairy farmer. Doctor Brenda is affiliated with the Republican Party.