Dr. Mark Cox

Dr. Mark Cox is a New Mexico native who graduated from the Colorado State University school of Veterinary Medicine in 1972. He built the El Abrigado Animal Clinic in 1989 and has been engaged in a private practice since.

“This noble profession has stimulated and motivated me for the last 46 years. What greater compliment could I offer about this career?”


Dr. Jim Humphreys

Dr. Jim Humphreys was raised in Chihuahua and El Paso. He graduated from Coronado High school, received his Bachelor’s Degree from UTEP and his Veterinary Degree from Texas A&M University. Dr. Humphreys practiced with his partner for thirty-three years at College-Garden Animal Hospital mixed practice in Roswell, NM. He moved to Las Cruces in 2014 and has recently joined his longtime friend, Dr. Mark Cox, at El Abrigado Animal Clinic.

“I mentored with Mark while I was a student at UTEP. To come full circle 40 years later has been one of the joys of my career.”


Blanca Cano – Office manager/Receptionist

Blanca has known Dr. Cox for many years and was happy to be a part of his team. In her spare time, Blanca enjoys riding her beloved horse, Monty and is an animal lover of all kinds.

“I absolutely love my job! I have met such wonderful people, and it has been a great experience.”


Rocio Rodriquez – Veterinary Tech

Rocio is a native El Pasoan who loves animals and people. She has a strong stomach, big heart, and a thoughtful mind.

“I have the deepest love for all of God’s creatures.”


Jesyka Padilla – Veterinary Tech

She is an El Paso Native who’s clothes are often more hairy than the patient’s. She has her share of battle scares, but at the end of the day…She will tell you loud and clear….

“I LOVE BEING A VET TECH!”


Ellie Estala – Veterinary Tech

Ellie is a native of El Paso with a love for all animals. She can hold paws and console owners at the same time with great heart. Behind the scene, Ellie describes herself as a blood taking, injection giving , wound dressing, tick removing vet tech….and loves most of it!


Jocelyn Perez – Veterinary Tech

I have been an animal lover since I was a little girl. I always knew I wanted to do something with animals when I grew up. I have been a vet tech for 2 years and have enjoyed every moment.

“I have six dogs and a turtle at home waiting for me each evening!”