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Dr Nikki Kells PhD, MSc, BSc

Senior Lecturer in Animal Welfare

School of Veterinary Science

Professional

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2017)
  • Master of Science First Class - Massey University (2013)
  • Bachelor of Science - Massey University (2010)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Team Member 0 1

Research Outputs

Journal

Sutherland, MA., Dowling, SK., Schütz, KE., Cave, VM., Kells, NJ., Johnson, CB., . . . Stewart, M. (2019). Behavioral and physiological assessment of liquid nitrogen cryoablation to prevent horn development in dairy calves. Journal of Veterinary Behavior. 31, 74-81
[Journal article]Authored by: Johnson, C., Kells, N.
Kells, NJ., Beausoleil, NJ., McIlhone, AE., & Johnson, CB. (2018). Electroencephalographic responses of anaesthetised rats to carbon dioxide inhalation. Animal Welfare. 27(3), 215-223
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Johnson, C., Kells, N.
Kells, NJ., Beausoleil, NJ., Sutherland, MA., & Johnson, CB. (2018). Electroencephalographic responses of anaesthetised pigs to intraperitoneal injection of sodium pentobarbital. Animal Welfare. 27(3), 205-214
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Johnson, C., Kells, N.
McIlhone, AE., Beausoleil, NJ., Kells, NJ., Johnson, CB., & Mellor, DJ. (2018). Effects of halothane on the electroencephalogram of the chicken. Veterinary Medicine and Science. 4(2), 98-105
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Johnson, C., Kells, N.
McIlhone, AE., Beausoleil, NJ., Kells, NJ., Mellor, DJ., & Johnson, CB. (2018). Effects of noxious stimuli on the electroencephalogram of anaesthetised chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus). PLoS ONE. 13(4)
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Johnson, C., Kells, N.
Kells, N., Beausoleil, N., Johnson, C., & Sutherland, M. (2018). Evaluation of different gases and gas combinations for on-farm euthanasia of pre-weaned pigs. Animals. 8(3)
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Johnson, C., Kells, N.
Kells, NJ., Beausoleil, NJ., Sutherland, MA., Morrison, RM., & Johnson, CB. (2017). Electroencephalographic assessment of oral meloxicam, topical anaesthetic cream and cautery iron for mitigating acute pain in pigs (Sus scrofa) undergoing tail docking. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. 44(5), 1166-1174
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Johnson, C., Kells, N.
Kells, NJ., Beausoleil, NJ., Chambers, JP., Sutherland, MA., Morrison, RS., & Johnson, CB. (2017). Electroencephalographic responses of anaesthetized pigs (Sus scrofa) to tail docking using clippers or cautery iron performed at 2 or 20 days of age. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. 44(5), 1156-1165
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Chambers, J., Johnson, C., Kells, N.
Kells, NJ., Beausoleil, NJ., Johnson, CB., Sutherland, MA., Morrison, RS., & Roe, W. (2017). Comparison of neural histomorphology in tail tips from pigs docked using clippers or cautery iron. Animal. 11(7), 1222-1227
[Journal article]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Johnson, C., Kells, N., Roe, W.
Rault, JL., Kells, N., Johnson, C., Dennis, R., Sutherland, M., & Lay, DC. (2015). Nitrous oxide as a humane method for piglet euthanasia: Behavior and electroencephalography (EEG). Physiology and Behavior. 151, 29-37
[Journal article]Authored by: Johnson, C., Kells, N.
Kongara, K., Johnson, L., Kells, N., Johnson, CB., Dukkipati, V., & Mitchinson, SL. (2014). Alteration of Electroencephalographic Responses to Castration in Cats by Administration of Opioids. GSTF International Journal of Veterinary Science.
[Journal article]Authored by: Johnson, C., Kells, N., Kongara, K.
Kongara, K., McIlhone, AE., Kells, NJ., & Johnson, CB. (2014). Electroencephalographic evaluation of decapitation of the anaesthetized rat. Laboratory Animals. 48(1), 15-19
[Journal article]Authored by: Johnson, C., Kells, N., Kongara, K.
Flint, S., & Hartley, N. (1996). A modified selective medium for the detection of Pseudomonas species that cause spoilage of milk and dairy products. International Dairy Journal. 6(2), 223-230
[Journal article]Authored by: Flint, S., Kells, N.
Flint, SH., & Kells, NJ. (1996). The sub-typing of Listeria monocytogenes isolates from food, environments surrounding food manufacturing sites, and clinical samples in New Zealand using multilocus enzyme electrophoresis. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 31(1-3), 349-355
[Journal article]Authored by: Flint, S., Kells, N.
Flint, SH., Hartley, NJ., Avery, SM., & Hudson, JA. (1996). A comparison between starch and polyacrylamide gels for the analysis of Listeria monocytogenes using multilocus enzyme electrophoresis. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 22(1), 16-17
[Journal article]Authored by: Flint, S., Kells, N.
Flint, SH., & Hartley, NJ. (1995). Evaluation of the TECRA Escherichia coli O157 visual immunoassay for tests on dairy products. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 21(2), 79-82
[Journal article]Authored by: Flint, S., Kells, N.
Flint, SH., & Hartley, NJ. (1994). Development of a selective medium for Acinetobacter. International Dairy Journal. 4(2), 183-188
[Journal article]Authored by: Flint, S., Kells, N.
Flint, SH., & Hartley, NJ. (1993). Evaluation of the TECRA immunocapture ELISA for the detection of Salmonella typhimurium in foods. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 17(1), 4-6
[Journal article]Authored by: Flint, S., Kells, N.

Conference

Kells, N., Beausoleil, NJ., Chambers, JP., Sutherland, M., Morrison, R., & Johnson, CB. (2015). EEG assessment of acute pain and pain mitigation strategies in pigs undergoing tail docking. In Proceedings of the Advancing Pork Production Seminar Vol. 4 (pp. 36 - 40). , The Advancing Pork Production Seminar
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Chambers, J., Johnson, C., Kells, N.
Kells, NJ., Beausoleil, NJ., Chambers, JP., Sutherland, MA., Morrison, RS., & Johnson, CB. (2013). Electroencephalographic assessment of acute pain in piglets during tail docking. In Proceedings of the 14th APSA Conference(pp. 129 - 129). , Proceedings of the 14th Biennial Conference of the APSA
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Beausoleil, N., Chambers, J., Johnson, C., Kells, N.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Courses Coordinated

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Sujan Sapkota - Doctor of Philosophy
    Assessment of Welfare of cattle in New Zealand and Nepal

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