GV-Solas – Germany’s Congress
GV-Solas is Germany’s equivalent to our IAT Meeting and takes place annually, in September, in one of the many German cities with links to animal laboratory science. This year’s meeting took place a few days ago in Cologne. Naturally enough, Nicky was there to support our fantastic German distributors Zoonlab.
Nicky describes her flying visit
‘On a stormy Monday I headed over to Cologne to join our distribution partners, Zoonlab, at their national conference GV-Solas. This is the German equivalent meeting to IAT Congress and is held over 3 days. After a fairly hairy flight on a very small plane I landed in Dusseldorf and picked up a hire car for the short drive to Cologne. I arrive just in time to head out and meet a few British colleagues for a quick beer before heading back to the hotel to get ready for the next day.
On Tuesday the exhibition opened bright and early at 8am and I was greeted at the Zoonlab booth by their new MD Theodor Feldman. The stand was impressive and stood out in the hall of 83 exhibiting companies. They were showcasing their caging and equipment ranges along with our enrichment which they offer into the German market. They were most impressed with the new polycarbonate enrichment items and I was also pleased to be able to show them the JWI Award Winner – Mouse Swings. Samples of Mouse Swings were quickly installed in the cage set-ups and drew lots of attention from Zoonlab sales staff and delegates alike.
Mr Feldman and I attended a couple of papers (to test my German!) about enrichment reducing aggression in group-housed mice and also one about bedding depth and thermoregulation. In summary, enrichment does indeed reduce aggression and deeper bedding provides a warmer home for mice who then eat less as a result.
Late on Tuesday afternoon I said my goodbyes and headed to Cologne airport for my flight home (which was delayed and my case was lost but that’s another story!). A really good trip and great to be able to support one of our excellent European Distributors at their national meeting.’