Book Review: World Wild Vet by Dr Evan Antin

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World Wild Vet // by Evan Antin

Pub Day: October 27, 2020

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company


Star of Animal Planet’s Evan Goes Wild, Dr. Evan Antin takes readers beyond his viral Instagram posts right into the wild world with him.

Millions follow Dr. Evan Antin and his wildlife adventures through social media, and in his popular Animal Planet television show Evan Goes Wild. Now in his first book, World Wild Vet, Evan takes us to the deep blue seas swimming with forty foot whale sharks with “puppy dog eyes”, to jungles filled with venomous snakes (who are more afraid of you than you are of them), and a race across the savannah and against the clock to save rhinos from the clutches of poachers, all in the name of adventure and a deep love for the wild around us.

Part memoir, travelogue, and conservation wake up call, World Wild Vet is an unforgettable exploration of the world we all call home, and a love letter to the creatures we share it with.

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My Thoughts:

I have to be honest: I’ve had a bit of a crush on Dr Antin since I first saw him cross my Facebook timeline. I am a former pre-vet student that is still very interested in learning many random facts about many different animals so his show and posts have always intrigued me, though I don’t watch enough TV to keep up with him much. When I saw that he was coming out with a book though, I knew I just had to have it!

This probably was my easiest and most fun non-fiction read of 2020 so far and by easy, I don’t mean to be rude, but I mean it as a compliment. As a frequent non-fiction reader I come across a lot of heavy books and it is refreshing to have the opposite experience every once in a while. This was exactly that. I’ve already recommended it to some non-readers due to this as well as it is a book that can be picked up for a few minutes at a time by someone that just does not enjoy reading as much as I do. The book is split into several sections, which are then split unto many very short chapters that focus mostly on specific animals or a specific experience with an animal that may come up more than once. This organization is what makes this book such a quick and easy read as you don’t have to allot a lot of time at once with the fear of losing track if you stop in the middle of a chapter.

I really enjoy books that cause me to do my own research and frequently google what I am reading about. No other book has ever made me google so many things as World Wild Vet. I am familiar with a lot of animals, but Dr Antin managed to write about so many that are completely unknown to me. My own studies were mostly focused on domestic animals, though I do enjoy frequent wild animal documentaries, so getting to learn about all of these animals from a wildlife student’s and later veterinarian’s point of view was absolutely fascinating. I never expected to be so interested in learning about snakes and other creepy crawlies (and even think some of them are cute!) until I got to experience them through this eyes of someone that is so in love with them. While I am still scared or creeped out by the idea of personally handling many of them, I do have a much greater appreciation for them now. He also covers many species that are cute or impressive in a way we usually expect.

From my infrequent encounters on social media of Dr Antin, I did not realize that he was so involved in so many conservation projects. It is fascinating what researchers, volunteers, park rangers and conservationists are capable of doing for the survival of a species when they put their heart and soul into it. I fell in love with so many of these projects and people after learning about their dedication to the animals that are left vulnerable due to the cruelty and irresponsibility of humans. While their was not enough time for Dr Antin to go into deep detail about each project he was a part of, he still shows us enough to know how to find out more. We are already planning on donating to several of these organizations due to the way he conveys his confidence in them through this book.

If you are an animal lover in any way, shape or form, I highly recommend this read. It is fun, it is educational, and it is needed. I only wish he would have ended the book in a different way. It felt very abrupt and I did not realize it was ending even while reading the last chapter. It just stopped. I think some more explanations about how to get involved or something else to round it out would have been nice. Overall though, I absolutely adore this book!

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About the Author:

Dr. Evan Antin originally hails from Kansas City, Kansas, where he spent much of his childhood in search of native wildlife, including snakes, turtles, and insects. He went on to study evolutionary and ecological biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder and veterinary medicine at Colorado State University. For fifteen years Evan has traveled the world, working with wildlife in ecosystems on six continents. In addition to his wildlife veterinary and conservation work, he is a practicing veterinarian in Thousand Oaks, California.

About the Publisher:

Henry Holt and Company publishes under the imprints of Henry Holt, Metropolitan Books, Times Books, and Holt Paperbacks. The company publishes many acclaimed and best-selling authors, including Bill O’Reilly, Hilary Mantel, Herta Müller, Rick Atkinson, Paul Auster, Andy Cohen, Billy Crystal, Sheila Heti, and Del Quentin Wilber, as well as scores of other authors in the fields of literary fiction, history, biography, politics, current events, science, psychology, and mysteries and thrillers.

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

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