He’s grounded! Dr. Evan Antin — also deemed America’s sexiest veterinarian by Forbes in 2018 — has over a million followers on Instagram, but he insists he just a normal guy who was thrust into the spotlight. “It’s been a very positive factor for me!” he told Life & Style exclusively about how fame has impacted his life. “These days, I have a lot more people that want to hear my messages of veterinary medicine, wildlife conservation and educating others on the fascinating world of animals. I don’t let ‘fame’ get to my head but just try to use it to help share my mission and passion.”

The 34-year-old stud recently got to live out one of his dreams by filming his own television show, Evan Goes Wild. Unfortunately, the show was not renewed, but he was so grateful for being able to experience moments with fascinating animals and traveling all over the world. “Swimming with humpback whales in Mo’orea, French Polynesia, was one the most epic wildlife encounters of my life!” he raved. “I did this in the first week of filming, and it’s hard to describe what it’s like to literally swim right next to 40-plus foot whales and their baby calves. They’re every bit as majestic and gorgeous as you could imagine, and I’m so thankful to have that opportunity and the many others I had while filming the show.”

Dr. Evan Antin Posing With Some Cats
Courtesy of Dr. Evan Antin/Instagram

The TV star has worked with a wide range of animals but is still holding out on meeting a king cobra. “I can’t explain my endless fascination with venomous snakes, but they’ve always been a big interest of mine,” he confessed. “The king cobra is the largest and longest venomous snake in the world. They’re also very intelligent for a reptile. I’m not afraid of any animals, and I’m lucky not to have any irrational fears like any people do — snakes, spiders and sharks.”

These days, Dr. Antin is passionate about La Quinta by Wyndham’s Take a Paws Project — a program which offers additional stress relieving amenities including pet therapy at select hotels in New York City and Chicago on the busiest business travel day of the year: November 20. “It aligns with my core belief that my power of the human-animal bond can have a great and beneficial impact on our lives,” he said. “Research shows that people experience less stress when a dog is around.”

Dr. Evan Antin With His Dog at a hotel
La Quinta By Wyndham

With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, the animal lover gave insight into how someone can easily travel with their pet. “It’s all about being prepared,” he shared. “Before you hit the road or head to the airport, look up the local animal laws in your destination or state. Next, make sure your pet has a positive association with its carrier, using positive reinforcement to get it familiar with its crate, the smell, etc. Be prepared by carrying a water bowl, pee pad, treats and something to clean up accidents because you never know what situation you may end up in when traveling.”

Sounds like Dr. Antin is one ~cool cat~ when it comes to dealing with pets — that’s one of the many reasons why he’s so good at his job!