American TV reality series, The Incredible Dr. Pol is one of Nat Geo Wild’s longest-running shows. The series revolves around the everyday activities in Dr. Jan Pol’s veterinary clinic, where his family and his team of veterinarians accompany him. And one of the many veterinarians in Dr. Jan Pol’s clinic is Dr. Brenda Grettenberger.
Brenda is only one of very few staff on The Incredible Dr. Pol who features on the show since its first release on 29 October 2011. In this article, we look into Breda’s life in detail and also learn about her life with farm animals.
Dr Brenda Grettenberger is a fan favourite cast of “The Incredible Dr Pol.
Dr. Brenda Grettenberger is a cattle enthusiast, veterinarian, and TV personality. She is mainly known for her appearance on the Nat Geo Wild show, The Incredible Dr. Pol.
She started her TV career with this show in 2011, and to date, she has appeared in over 178 episodes. Currently, Brenda is the second most senior vet working on Dr. Pol’s clinic. Moreover, all these years, she has grown as a fan-favorite cast and the most loved member of the clinic.
Brenda mainly treats and takes care of large farm animals, especially cows. In addition to treating cows, she is a passionate collector of cow figurines.
Dr Brenda has gained a huge reputation as a kind animal loving vet and is a fan favourite of hundreds of thousands of fans of the show.
Early Life and Parents
In Michigan, USA, Brenda Grettenberger took birth on 23 February 1967. She speaks very little about her parents in interviews with the media. Thus, we do not have her parents’ names and other details. However, during one of her interviews for the YouTube channel, Dr. Pol Presents, she revealed some details about her early life with her parents.
Brenda’s parents owned a small dairy farm in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Growing up, she worked on the farm and learned everything there was about raising cattle.
Her family mostly kept cows of Holstein breeds and Holstein crossbreeds. Thus, her everyday routine included feeding the animals, cleaning them, and milking them. As she speaks, “Cattles came first, then the rest of us.” It is how she grew passionate about cows and collecting cow figurines.
Brenda’s family raised cows and ran the dairy farm business for over four decades. Currently, they are not involved in this same occupation as they have sold all their cows a few years back.
Brenda Grettenberger Education
Born and raised in a cow farm and dairy, Brenda developed a love for the animal from an early age. She grew passionate about cows, raising them, and taking care of them.
Moreover, Brenda’s first-ever paying job was at a dairy farm owned by her parents. She worked there while still attending her high school in Eaton Rapids and then later studied veterinary medicine at Michigan State University and graduated in 1992.
Brenda’s Professional Career
Straight out of college in 1992, Brenda got an opportunity to work at one of Michigan’s famous vet clinics, Pol Veterinary Services. The clinic was owned and operated by Dr. Jan Pol and his wife, Diane Pol.
As one of the very few female veterinarians, Brenda had to face several criticisms regarding her profession. Moreover, the farmers looked to doubt upon her ability to treat the large farm animals. But these negative factors only encouraged her to work hard and prove her capabilities with positive results.
Beginning in 1992, Brenda has been associated with Pol Veterinary for over 29 years now. In all these years as the leading veterinarian, she has treated farms animals both small and large like chickens, goats, sheep, cows, horses, etc. Besides, she also occasionally shows her hands with reindeer.
Despite spending such a long time as a successful professional veterinarian and coping with different situations every day, Brenda is very humble to everyone.
She does not take her popularity and success for granted. She says, “It’s not odd to experience firsts after all these years. I mean, the animals are each uniquely themselves. I have seen a lot but I am nowhere near close to saying I’ve seen everything.”
Over time, Dr. Brenda and Dr. Pol’s veterinary work gained high popularity in Michigan and its neighboring cities. Following the rising fame, Nat Geo Wild approached Dr. Pol’s clinic with an offer to appear on TV. Thus, eventually, they started the reality TV series, The Incredible Dr. Pol.
Nat Geo aired its first season in 2011 with Dr. Jan Pol, Dr. Brenda Grettenberger, and Dr. Michele Sharkey as its veterinarian. In addition, the show also featured Jan’s wife Diane Pol as herself and dairy farmer Dale Lehnert. Coming to 2021, the show has already aired 19 seasons.
In all these years, many veterinarian staffs have entered and departed from the clinic and the show. But, Dr. Brenda is the only remaining member to still appear on the show apart from Dr. Pol and his wife. In addition, she has also appeared in another similar TV series, Calling Dr. Pol season in 2015.
Dr. Brenda Grettenberger maintains a very low-key personal life. She keeps herself away from all social media handles and does not appear much in interviews.
As such, we are unable to trace her relationship status, marriage, or husband. Thus, the only conclusion we can draw from her secretive personal life is that she is single and is not seeing anyone now.
With that said, all of Brenda’s fans still have to wait to know if their lovely vet has found her life partner or not.
Dr. Brenda Explains her Life in Farm
In an episode of Dr. Pol Presents on YouTube, Brenda talked about living on a farm. As her parents had their own dairy farm, she spent most of her time around cows and other cattle. She enjoyed her life on the farm, taking care of animals.
Moreover, as the second-most senior veterinarian of Pol Veterinary Services, Dr. Brenda still enjoys milking cows and training oxen.
She said, “It does keep me busy and there’s some happiness for me just having them out in the backyard.” Brenda also believes that every individual animal has a unique personality, and she loves sitting around and observing them.
Brenda Grettenberger Net Worth in 2021
As of 2021, the 54-year-old veterinarian, Dr. Brenda, has a net worth equivalent of $350 thousand. Her 29-year veterinarian career and about a decade-long TV career helped her raise this sum.