March 22-24, 2023
Orange County Convention Center
January 11, 2019
The Impetus Agency
Stamford, CT — The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) are pleased to announce Dr. Evan Antin, famed veterinarian, as the 2019 recipient of Global Pet Expo’s annual Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award. Dr. Evan Antin is Instagram’s most-followed veterinarian with over 1 million followers. Antin went viral after being featured in People Magazine’s "Sexiest Man Alive" issue in 2014, and again in 2017. He took the newfound fame as an opportunity to further his mission of helping animals, appearing everywhere from NBC’s TODAY to ABC News, The Doctors and more and traveling to countries across the world saving the lives of animals.
Dr. Antin will personally accept the award on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in Orlando, FL, during The Purina® Media Reception at Global Pet Expo. This media-exclusive event is held in conjunction with Global Pet Expo, the largest annual pet products trade show in the world, taking place March 20 – 22, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Fla. Global Pet Expo attendees include independent pet product retailers, distributors and mass-market buyers, media and other qualified individuals from the pet industry and is not open to the public.
Dr. Antin graduated veterinary school from Colorado State and currently works at the Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital in Southern California. In addition to his love for cats and dogs, Dr. Antin’s passions lie in exotic animal medicine, while educating people about animal welfare and helping diagnose and treat animals in remote areas where veterinarians are unavailable.
“Dr. Evan Antin’s dedication to pets and use of his platform to help animals in need is what makes him an excellent individual for this award,” said APPA Executive Vice President and COO Andy Darmohraj. “He engages with the public through traditional and social media platforms and educates them about the care of animals, actively promoting responsible pet ownership.” He added, “We are excited to have Dr. Antin as our 2019 honoree.”
Global Pet Expo’s annual Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award recognizes individuals in the media who have the power to influence millions of people and use this to positively promote the joys and benefits of pet ownership. Whether via print, broadcast or internet mediums, these distinguished honorees produce stories that highlight responsible pet ownership and all the exciting services, products and activities that make spending time with our pets even more enjoyable. Past recipients include: Jill Rappaport, Victoria Stilwell, Rachael Ray, Ellen DeGeneres, Andrea Arden, Brandon McMillan, Dr. Heather Loenser, Xiomara González-Govea, Connie Wilson, Sandy Robins, Dr. Marty Becker, Steve Dale, Gina Spadafori and Janice Brown.
Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2018 Show featured 1,164 exhibitors, 3,523 booths covering 352,300 net square feet of exhibit space—nearly 10,000 feet larger than the 2017 Show. Additionally, 6,508 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. The 2019 Show will take place March 20-22, in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit www.globalpetexpo.org.
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,200 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Bird Enjoyment and Advantage Koalition (BEAK), and the Pet Care Trust. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.
Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) has represented the interests of pet product distributors since 1968. The mission of PIDA is to enhance the well-being of the wholesaler-distributor, to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers and to work cooperatively with other organizations in fostering the human-companion animal bond. Visit www.pida.org for more information.