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Arsenic poisoning in cattle
  1. Bob Monies

    Bob Monies qualified from Glasgow University in 1971 and has worked in mixed general practice and as a dairy farmer. He joined the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in 1994 as a Veterinary Investigation Officer on handing over his farming interests to his son.


CASES of arsenic poisoning from naturally occurring forms of the metal are relatively rare - most poisoning incidents are the result of the incorporation of arsenic into other chemical forms for agricultural and industrial use and accidental access of livestock to them. Increased knowledge of the toxic properties of arsenic, as well as the replacement of arsenical compounds by new non-arsenical, organic compounds, has resulted in a sharp decline in the use of arsenic in recent years. This has been accompanied by a decline in the number of incidents of arsenic poisoning.

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