November 24, 2020


Multi-organisational project to educate Vietnamese veterinary drug shops on AMR


A current project aims to improve the knowledge base about prescription of antimicrobials intended for terrestrial animals among all 330 veterinary drug shops registered in the Mekong Delta province of Vietnam, DownToEarth reported.

The training materials are currently being developed by Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as well as the University of Can Tho and some industry partners.

A recent study estimated that in Vietnam, a total of 3,838 tonnes of antimicrobial active ingredients (AAIs) were used. Of those, animal use accounted for 72%, of which more than 70% are purchased in veterinary drug shops, with the remainder procured directly by farm integrators.

Accordingly, veterinary drug shops are key gatekeepers of antimicrobial use (AMU), since they are often the first contact point with farmers when animals experience disease, Juan J Carrique-Mas wrote in a blog post. J Carrique-Mas is senior veterinary researcher and a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellow – ViParc Project, at the Centre for Tropical Medicine Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam.

Therefore, reaching out to veterinary drug shops is more feasible and cost-effective than reaching out to a large number of small-scale farms, his team says.

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