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Title: The Veterinary Investigation Service and its role in toxicological investigations in the East Midlands (1956-1988)
Author: Clegg, Francis George
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1998
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For seventy years, the Sutton Bonington Veterinary Investigation Centre provided a diagnostic and advisory service for the veterinary practices situated in the East Midlands of the United Kingdom. A submission is made that the Centre was successful in the investigation and recording of animal diseases. Its origin and the history of the state diagnostic laboratories are given. The mixed farming of the region was often contiguous to industry as in Derbyshire, where lead mining has continued to represent a serious threat to stock owners. The geology, geomorphology and the extraction of minerals in the region are described. Lead contamination of pasture has occurred, with consequent poisoning of grazing animals, for over two hundred years. Three investigations of such poisonings are described, and also a case of contamination of land with lead fumes. There is a description of the losses, and of the remedial measures taken together with the public health significance of pasture contamination with lead, in the United Kingdom. Current regulations in the control of lead poisoning outbreaks are given. The history of lead poisoning of swans by anglers' weights is described together with the successful outcome. The Centre investigated other poisonings including local occurrences of copper toxicity in sheep, the uptake of I 125 by swans, industrial fluorosis and molybdenosis of cattle and there were trace element enquiries related to the use of land reclaimed by infilling with pulverised fuel ash. The poisoning of wildlife was also a province of the Centre.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.V.M.S.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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