Dr. Evan Antin is an animal expert and exotic animal veterinarian who was dubbed “Sexiest Beast Charmer” by People magazine last year. Antin, who works at Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital in Thousand Oaks, California, is considered by many to be one of the hottest veterinarians alive.
Not only does he take adorable pictures with animals, but he knows how to care for them too. Antin uploads the incredible encounters he has with all sorts of creatures on his Instagram account, which boasts nearly 29,000 followers. He even maintains a Facebook page where he posts updates and educational facts about the animals he treats.
Antin received his degree in biology from the University of Colorado and his doctor of veterinary medicine from Colorado State University. His passion for exotic animals and wildlife led him to spend years traveling to six different continents to treat animals in need. Antin told Nextshark:
“I travel a lot because I love to travel, but I try to incorporate my professional skills into my traveling through volunteering at wildlife rehabilitation sanctuaries around the world anytime I’m in the tropics.”
Traveling has brought him face to face with some rare animals in far off places. He recounted:
“I had the opportunity to work on a critically endangered black-crested macaque (monkey) in Sulawesi, Indonesia, that was neato!”
The Los Angeles-based doctor has a special affinity for reptiles and amphibians. It’s often dangerous handling wild creatures, but for Antin it’s worth the risk. When asked about his scariest encounters, he told Nextshark:
“I had a close call with a large male orangutan in Borneo. Luckily he meant no harm but if he wanted to, I could’ve been minced-meat. I’ve also had close calls with a hippo, a zebra, bit by a five foot nile crocodile, spit on by a spitting cobra and many more.”
He was chosen by People as the “Sexiest Man Alive” in their “Sexy Men at Work” section last year. The animal activist told KABC about his recognition:
“I thought it was pretty funny. I’ve always strived to be the sexiest something, and so I’m glad it could be a vet.”
On his Youtube Channel, Antin uploads videos of the animals he has helped and encountered worldwide including elephants, crocodiles, snakes and dragons. His mission is to educate others so that they are able to have an appreciation for animals as well. Antin and his animal friends have made a number of guest appearances on shows such as the Kris Jenner show. He explained to KABC:
“It started with fear like that’s such a weird animal and then it turned into this fascination.”
As a college student, Antin took multiple classes in evolution, ecology, zoology to fuel his interest in animals. He even studied abroad in places like Tanzania and Australia where he continued his studies in wildlife conservation. He told Nextshark:
“I ALWAYS was an animal-nut, but didn’t realize until my undergraduate studies that becoming a veterinarian would be my calling.”
When he isn’t caring for sick and injured animals, Antin can be found doing something fitness related. He counts animals and fitness among his two loves in life and has worked as a personal trainer in the past.
He explained: “I’ve also had a huge interest in fitness and bodybuilding since I was 12-years old. My Arnold Schwarzenegger obsession is still very alive and well today. I was a trainer prior to veterinary school and loved it — it’s a very positive and upbeat career.”
His fitness routine primarily involves weightlifting and bodybuilding. Lately he has picked up a new hobby in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to get his cardiovascular exercise in. Is it even a surprise he works as a part-time model too?
When asked about his modeling career, Antin told Nextshark:
“I’ve done random modeling jobs over the years primarily to help pay for my long education. I started modeling at the beginning of my undergrad and still get occasional jobs here and there.”
When asked if being a veterinarian makes him a chick magnet, Antin laughed and said:
“It’s not my motive, but chicks love animals and I save animals. Being a veterinarian also means you’re a compassionate individual and that also bodes well with the ladies in my experience.”