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Kelly is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Animal Welfare in the Centre for Animal Welfare and currently the programme leader for the MSc in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. She also lectures on the BA Animal Welfare and Society, where she is the module leader for the modules Animal Behaviour and Welfare Issues and Animal Welfare Concepts and Assessment.

Kelly is an experienced animal welfare scientist, having conducted research projects on animal welfare across a range of animal species from companion, laboratory and farm animals to zoo animals. Kelly qualified as a veterinarian from the University of Porto (ICBAS-Portugal) in 2007 and became a member of the RCVS in 2015. She holds a PhD from the University of Liverpool in Laboratory Animal Welfare Science, for her thesis titled: 'Taming anxiety and variation in laboratory mice'. Here, she developed practical strategies to refine handling stress and experimental variation in mouse studies.

Areas of expertise

Animal welfare


  • Gouveia, K & Hurst, J L (2017). Optimising reliability of mouse performance in behavioural testing: the major role of non-aversive handling. Scientific Reports 7. 44999.
  • Gouveia, K, Waters, J & Hurst, JL (2013). Handling and restraint. NC3Rs. November 2013. Read it online.
  • Gouveia K & Hurst J L (2013). Reducing Mouse Anxiety during Handling: Effect of Experience with Handling Tunnels. PLOS one. 6, e66401.
  • Gouveia K, Magalhaes A & de Sousa L (2011). The behaviour of domestic cats in a shelter: Residence time, density and sex ratio. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 130, 53-59.
  • Gouveia, K, Martins da Costa, P & Vaz-Pires, P (2009) Welfare assessment of broilers through examination of haematomas, foot-pad dermatitis, scratches and breast blisters at processing. Animal Welfare 18: 43-48.
  • Gouveia, K, Ferreira, P, Roque da Costa, J, Vaz-Pires P & Martins da Costa P (2008) Assessment of the efficiency of captive bolt stunning in cattle and feasibility of associated behavioural signs. Animal Welfare, 18: 171-175.
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