Abigail Cox, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Abby specializes in characterization and validation of animal models of disease.


Dr. Cox is a board-certified veterinary pathologist. She has expertise in the biology of the whole animal, spontaneous disease manifestations in both human and non-human animals, and in experimental disease models in the laboratory setting. Her qualifications allow her to conduct in-depth and thorough examination of gross tissues, histologic slides, and ultrastructural micrographs. Her research interests include evaluating medical device biocompatibility; as well as developing quantitative analyses of a variety of histologic preparations. She has a special interest in developing comparative animal models that investigate the biology and biomechanics of the larynx. Dr. Cox is also a diagnostic pathologist with Purdue's Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and teaches general pathology in veterinary school curriculum. She has a special interest in stimulating curiosity of veterinary pathology in young scientists and enjoys highlighting the impact veterinary pathology has on biomedical engineering, drug development, veterinary diagnostics, and overall disease research.​

Past Presentations

Introduction to Veterinary Pathology
This presentation can be tweaked based on the audience. Veterinary pathology is often under-utilized, yet essential to the scientific process. This is often due to lack of knowledge of all that veterinary pathology encompasses. Veterinary pathology is integral in veterinary medicine and diagnostics, biomedical research, and research methodology development. This presentation introduces different disciplines to the role of veterinary pathology/pathologists in the biomedical sciences.​
Interesting Veterinary Pathology Cases
This presentation highlights different species and diagnostic tools that diagnostic veterinary pathologists utilize in autopsy/biopsy cases. The cases vary from the typical manifestations of common veterinary diseases to the weird and unusual diagnoses.​
Animal Models of Laryngeal Diseases
This presentation summarizes the current literature involving ex vivo and in vivo animal models of human laryngeal diseases. The larynx is part of the upper respiratory system and is quintessential in phonation or voice. The biology of laryngeal diseases is difficult to study from human patients because access to the organ is difficult, and biopsy is inherently detrimental. Animal models are necessary to develop improved diagnostics and therapeutics, as well as understanding the basic pathophysiology of common human laryngeal diseases.

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