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Nicola Bates



Nicola Bates

BSc(Brunel) BSc(Open) MSc MA SRCS

Veterinary Poisons Information Service, London, UK


Nicola qualified as a biologist from Brunel University and started work at Guy’s Poisons Unit handling emergency enquiries about poisoning in humans and animals. While working full time she also gained degrees in Earth Science, Human Evolution and Behaviour and the History of Science and Medicine.

Nicola is the Research Lead and Senior Information Scientists for the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS).  She has been involved with VPIS since this service was launched in 1992. In addition to service provision Nicola is involved in training VPIS staff and veterinary professionals.

Nicola has written extensively on human and veterinary toxicology for over 25 years. She is currently the congress abstract editor for the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists (EAPCCT) and has been involved in work for the World Health Organization on the treatment of lead poisoning (in people).

We are delighted to have Nicola’s involvement with Bovis and her contributions to the Bovis toxicology category are most definitely worth a read! Poisoning topics that Nicola has authored  include: lead, oak, oleander, adder, rhododendron, metaldehydye, insect stings, rodenticides, allium spp, salt, bracken fern, water intoxication and organophosphates and there are more to come!