Results from the ViParc study are now available. The study was a three-year trial to reduce antimicrobial use (AMU) in 102 native chicken farms in the Mekong Delta.
Farmers were trained by local vets to improve their practices in order to reduce levels of antimicrobial consumption in their flocks. Results indicate that chicken flocks reduced levels of AMU by 66% whilst decreasing weekly mortality by 40%. These results demonstrate that the provision of veterinary advice can achieve substantial reductions in AMU in small-scale production systems without compromising flock health.