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Randy J. Boudrieau - DVM, DACVS, DECVS

Randy J. Boudrieau
Professor Emeritus




Randy Boudrieau is a small animal surgeon specializing in orthopedics. His special interests are in fracture healing, joint replacement and maxillofacial surgery. He also occasionally operates and consults on large animals (horses, cows, et cetera) and wildlife when the problem being treated is similar to one he would see in small animals. He teaches orthopedic surgery to students at all levels of the curriculum at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Boudrieau grew up abroad, in India and later Central Africa, returning to the US before finishing high school. My uncle was a dog trainer, he says, and I have always enjoyed being around dogs and always wanted to be able to treat the issues we were faced with without going to someone else. Surgery, and especially orthopedics, seemed to be a natural fit.

After his surgical residency, Dr. Boudrieau came to the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, thinking he would later move on to private practice.But because I was involved at the beginning with the development of the new school, I enjoyed seeing it grow, with me alongside, he says. I have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, the very diverse and busy caseload that the hospital encourages as a major referral center.

His most memorable cases at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals involve multiple trauma, or, as he puts it,unusual trauma where we can apply innovative techniques and implants. For example, high cervical fractures where we were able to develop a new surgical technique/approach, or maxillofacial surgery to reconstruct a dog’s jaw or face. These cases are especially rewarding as they are in such poor shape with disfigurement, pain and an inability to eat or drink, and within 24 hours after surgery they look normal again and are quickly fully functional.

Dr. Boudrieau lives with his wife, a veterinary anesthesiologist who he met at Tufts who now works in the pharmaceutical industry in new drug development, and four dogs: two Labrador retrievers and two giant Schnauzers. They have also bred Labradors for many years. In his spare time, he enjoys do-it-yourself projects at home that, he says, my wife calls home orthopedics, due to the similarities to the building/reconstruction I perform at work. Dr. Boudrieau and his wife also are avid bicyclists, and own a tandem, frequently doing long tours around New England and France. They also enjoy skiing and hiking.


  • Surgical Residency - Ohio State University - 1981 - 1984
  • DVM - Washington State University - 1978
  • BS (with Distinction) - University of Washington - 1972

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS)
  • European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS)
  1. Schmidli, F.E., Stein, V.M., Aikawa, T., Boudrieau, R.J., Jeandel, A., Jeffery, N., Jurina, K., Moissonnier, P., Rupp, S., Vidondo, B., Forterre, F. 2019. Fractures of the Second Cervical Vertebra in 66 Dogs and 3 Cats: A Retrospective Study. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
  2. Sprecher, C.M., Milz, S., Suter, T., Keating, J.H., McCarthy, R.J., Gueorguiev, B., Boudrieau, R.J. 2018. Retrospective analysis of corrosion and ion release from retrieved cast stainless steel tibia plateau leveling osteotomy plates in dogs with and without peri-implant osteosarcoma. American Journal of Veterinary Research.
  3. Pavarotti, G.S., Boudrieau, R.J. 2018. Treatment of a Paediatric Distal Femoral Malunion Deformity. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
  4. Mostafa, A.A., Cunningham, D.P., Boudrieau, R.J., Kowaleski, M.P., Griffon, D.J. 2018. Influence of radiographic techniques on the measurement of femoral anteversion angles and a conformation score of pelvic limbs in Labrador retrievers. Veterinary Surgery.
  5. Bezhentseva, A., Singh, H., Boudrieau, R.J. 2018. Bilateral Radial Agenesis in a Cat Treated with Bilateral Ulnocarpal Arthrodesis. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
  6. Boudrieau, R.J. 2017. Tibial Tuberosity Advancement. Advances in the Canine Cranial Cruciate Ligament: Second Edition.
  7. Cunningham, D.P., Mostafa, A.A., Gordan-Evans, W.J., Boudrieau, R.J., Griffon, D.J. 2017. Factors contributing to the variability of a predictive score for cranial cruciate ligament deficiency in Labrador Retrievers. BMC Veterinary Research.
  8. Boudrieau, R. 2017. Complications Specific to Locking Plates. Complications in Small Animal Surgery.
  9. Griffon, D.J., Cunningham, D., Gordon-Evans, W.J., Tanaka, R., Bruecker, K.A., Boudrieau, R.J. 2017. Evaluation of a scoring system based on conformation factors to predict cranial cruciate ligament disease in Labrador Retrievers. Veterinary Surgery.
  10. Brower, B.E., Kowaleski, M.P., Peruski, A.M., Pozzi, A., Dyce, J., Johnson, K.A., Boudrieau, R.J. 2017. Distal femoral lateral closing wedge osteotomy as a component of comprehensive treatment of medial patellar luxation and distal femoral varus in dogs. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
  11. Mariano, A.D., Kowaleski, M.P., Boudrieau, R.J. 2016. Novel TPLO alignment jig/saw guide reproduces freehand and ideal osteotomy positions. PLoS ONE.
  12. Nesser, V.E., Kowaleski, M.P., Boudrieau, R.J. 2016. Severe Polyethylene Wear Requiring Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty in Three Dogs. Veterinary Surgery.
  13. Kragness, B.J., Graham, J.E., Bedenice, D., Restifo, M.M., Boudrieau, R.J. 2016. Surgical correction of a cervical spinal fracture in a bennett's wallaby (Macropus Rufogriseus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.
  14. DeTora, M.D., Boudrieau, R.J. 2016. Complex angular and torsional deformities (Distal femoral malunions): Preoperative planning using stereolithography and surgical correction with locking plate fixation in four dogs. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
  15. Singh, H., Kowaleski, M.P., McCarthy, R.J., Boudrieau, R.J. 2016. A comparative study of the dorsolateral and ventrolateral approaches for repair of canine sacroiliac luxation. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
  16. Leonard, K.C., Kowaleski, M.P., Saunders, W.B., McCarthy, R.J., Boudrieau, R.J. 2016. Combined tibial plateau levelling osteotomy and tibial tuberosity transposition for treatment of cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency with concomitant medial patellar luxation. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
  17. Gibert, S., Kowaleski, M.P., Matthys, R., Nützi, R., Serck, B., Boudrieau, R.J. 2016. Biomechanical comparison of pin and tension-band wire fixation with a prototype locking plate fixation in a transverse canine patellar fracture model. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
  18. Boudrieau, R.J. 2015. Initial Experience With rhBMP-2 Delivered in a Compressive Resistant Matrix for Mandibular Reconstruction in 5 Dogs. Veterinary Surgery.
  19. Gibert, S., Ragetly, G.R., Boudrieau, R.J. 2015. Locking compression plate stabilization of 20 distal radial and ulnar fractures in toy and miniature breed dogs. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
  20. Vezzoni, L., Vezzoni, A., Boudrieau, R.J. 2015. Long-Term Outcome of Zürich Cementless Total Hip Arthroplasty in 439 Cases. Veterinary Surgery.

General Research Interests

Clinical orthopedics in general, with a focus on fracture healing and biomechanics. Special interests in total hip arthroplasty, cruciate ligament disease, and mandibular and maxillary trauma.

Selected Research Projects

  • Multicenter Clinical Trial - Zurich Cementless THA.
  • Cruciate ligament repair techniques - clinical evaluation of TPLO & TTA; experimental evaluation of TPLO & TTA
  • Locking plate fixation - experimental evaluation

Research and Clinical Interests

  • fracture healing
  • mandibular & maxillary trauma
  • cruciate ligament disease
  • distraction osteogenesis
  • biomechanics
  • total hip arthroplasty

Major Specialized Equipment

  • Instron

Patent Information

  • Bone anchor (Securos); 2002 [jointly with Dr. Karl Kraus]