Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Randy J. Boudrieau

Orthopedic Surgery

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. Kowaleski MP, Boudrieau RJ, Beale B, Piras A, Hulse D, Johnson KA. Outcome and complications of tibial plateau leveling osteotomy stabilized with an anatomically contoured locking bone plate. Submitted to Vet Surg, May 2012.
  2. Boudrieau RJ, Cross AR, Kathleen H, Conzemius MG, Peck J, VanEnkevort B, Aiken SW, Hunt CA, Johnston S, Lincoln JD, Martinez SA, Manley P, Schulz K, Michels GM. Stratified, randomized, open-label, multi-center, single-blind clinical trial of diaphyseal fracture repair in dogs using recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 delivered on an absorbable collagen sponge (rhBMP-2/ACS). Submitted to Vet Surg, February, 2012.
  3. Boudrieau RJ, Acker ML, Torrance B, Blake C, Kowaleski MP. Structural properties of synthetic tube models compared to native canine bone. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol Submitted January 2011; revised and re-submitted June, 2011.
  4. Rothstock S, Kowaleski MP, Boudrieau RJ, Beale BS, Piras A, Ryan M, Boure L, Brianza S. Finite Element (FE) modeling evaluation and validation of two plates for pancarpal arthrodesis in the dog. Am J Vet Res Accepted, Jan 2012.
  5. Pike FS, Kumar MSA, Boudrieau RJ. Reduction and fixation of cranial cervical fracture/luxations using screws and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) cement: A distraction technique applied to the base of the skull in 13 dogs. Vet Surg 41: 235-347; 2012
  6. Cabassu JB, Kowaleski MP, Shorinko JK, Blake CA, Gaudette GR, Boudrieau RJ. Single Cycle to Failure in Torsion of 3 standard and 5 locking plate constructs. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 24, 418-425, 2011.
  7. Blake CA, Boudrieau RJ, Torrance BS, Tacvorian EP, Cabassu JB, Gaudette GR, Kowaleski MP. Single Cycle to Failure in Bending of 3 Standard and 5 Locking Plates and Plate Constructs. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 24:408-417, 2011.
  8. Weh JL, Kowaleski MP, Boudrieau RJ. Combination Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy and Transverse Corrective Osteotomy of the Proximal Tibia for the Treatment of Complex Tibial Deformities in 12 dogs. Vet Surg 40:670-686, 2011.
  9. Hoffmann DE, Kowaleski MP, Johnson KA, Evans RB, Boudrieau RJ. Ex vivo biomechanical evaluation of the canine CrCL deficient stifle with varying angles of stifle joint flexion and axial loads after TTA. Vet Surg 40:311-320, 2011.
  10. Boudrieau RJ. Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy or Tibial Tuberosity Advancement? [Invited Review]. Vet Surg 38:1-22, 2009.
  11. Amato NS, Richards A, Knight TA, Spector D, Boudrieau RJ, Belkoff S. Ex vivo biomechanical comparison of the 2.4-mm UniLOCKĀ® reconstruction plate using 2.4 mm locking versus standard screws for fixation of acetabular osteotomy in dogs. Vet Surg 37:741-748, 2008.
  12. Lewis JR, Boudrieau RJ, Seeherman H, Reiter AM, Gilley RS. Mandibular reconstruction after gunshot trauma in a dog using recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2). J Am Vet Med Assoc 233:1598-1604, 2008.
  13. Burns CG, Boudrieau RJ. Modified tibial tuberosity advancement procedure with tibial tuberosity advancement in excess of 12 mm in four large breed dogs with cranial cruciate ligament-deficient joints. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 21:250-255, 2008.
  14. Spector DI, Keating JH, Boudrieau RJ. Immediate mandibular reconstruction of a 5 cm defect using rhBMP-2 after partial mandibulectomy in a dog. Vet Surg 36:752-759, 2007.
  15. Kirker-Head CA, Boudrieau RJ, Kraus KH. Use of bone morphogenetic proteins for augmentation of bone regeneration. [Reference Point]. J Am Vet Med Assoc 231:1039-1055, 2007.
  16. Lafaver S, Miller NA, Stubbs WP, Taylor RA, Boudrieau RJ. Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) for stabilization of the canine cranial cruciate ligament deficient stifle joint: Surgical technique, early results and complications in 101 dogs. Vet Surg 36:573-586, 2007.
  17. Apelt D, Kowaleski MP, Boudrieau RJ. Effect of Tibial Tuberosity Advancement on cranial tibial subluxation in canine cranial cruciate-deficient stifle joints: An in vitro experimental study. Vet Surg 36:170-177, 2007.
  18. Talaat MB, Kowaleski MP, Boudrieau RJ. Combination Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy and Cranial Closing Wedge Osteotomy of the tibia for the treatment of cranial cruciate ligament-deficient stifles with excessive tibial plateau angle. Vet Surg 35:729-739, 2006.

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 Interests by Area

Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Osteoarthritis of the elbow, stifle and hip, cruciate ligament repair in dogs, total hip replacement, platelet-rich plasma applications, developmental orthopedic disease

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Bone and Tissue Repair and Regeneration
  • Fracture fixation methods, cruciate ligament repair techniques, locking plate fixation, novel therapies for osteoarthritis. Orthopedic surgery research; implant strength and application; fracture repair in dogs and cats

Major Specialized Equipment

  • Instron

Patent Information

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