S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Pattison, Mr H A (veterinary science)

Born: Date not known, United Kingdom.
Died: 1897, United Kingdom.

H.A. Pattison qualified as a veterinarian (MRCVS) in London in May 1892. In November 1893 he was appointed, with J.W. Crowhurst*, R.W. Dixon* and M.A. Hutchence, as assistant veterinary surgeon in the Department of Agriculture of the Cape Colony by the Colonial Veterinary Surgeon, Duncan Hutcheon*.

In 1895 Pattison discovered that Cynanchum obtusifolium (Family Asclepiadaceae) is toxic to cattle. The finding was published in the Report of the Colonial Veterinary Surgeon for that year. A related species, C. ellipticum, was proved poisonous to sheep by O. Henning* two years earlier.

List of sources:
Cape of Good Hope. Civil service list, 1896.

Henning, M.W. Animal diseases in South Africa. Central News Agency, 1932.

Posthumus, P.J. Past veterinarians in South Africa (10th edition), [1992], Vol. 2.

Compiled by: D.W. Verwoerd