New ViParc study highlights the role of veterinary drug shops in antimicrobial stewardship in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam
A new ViParc study has been recently published in the Antibiotics journal https://www.mdpi.com/2079-6382/8/4/195/htm. The study, entitled ‘Veterinary drug shops as main sources of supply and advice on antimicrobials for animal use in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam’, has been led by veterinary researcher Doan Hoang Phu. It includes research on all 93 veterinary drug shops in two rural districts of Dong Thap. It also describes the linkages between the poultry farming community and the veterinary drug shops in the area. The study found that antimicrobials represented about 15% of the veterinary shops’ income. The provision of services (diagnostics, vaccination support, advice on flock health) were major factors influencing the poultry farmers’ choice of drug shop. Shops owned by persons affiliated to the veterinary authority that did not provide diagnostic services had a higher fraction of their income consisting of antimicrobial sales. Our study highlights the central role that veterinary drug shop as main sources of supply and advice on antimicrobials in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. Because of this, One Health interventions aimed at reducing excessive antimicrobial usage should include this important stakeholder group.