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 theUSbefore 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 callshome 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.

Education

  • 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)

Initial experience with rhBMP-2 delivered in a compressive resistant matrix for mandibular reconstruction in 5 dogs

Author(s):Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Radiographic outcome and complications of tibial plateau leveling osteotomy stabilized with an anatomically contoured locking bone plate

Author(s):Kowaleski, M.P. | Boudrieau, R.J. | Beale, B.S. | Piras, A. | Hulse, D. | Johnson, K.A.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Canine multifocal retinopathy caused by a BEST1 mutation in a Boerboel

Author(s):Gornik, K.R. | Pirie, C.G. | Duker, J.S. | Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Arterial thrombosis after vehicular trauma and humeral fracture in a dog

Author(s):Depaula, K.M. | deLaforcade, A.D. | King, R.G. | Hughs, H. | Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Biomechanical and computational evaluation of two loading transfer concepts for pancarpal arthrodesis in dogs

Author(s):Rothstock, S. | Kowaleski, M.P. | Boudrieau, R.J. | Beale, B.S. | Piras, A. | Ryan, M. | Bouré, L. | Brianza, S.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Are cast stainless steel plates related to osteosarcoma occurrence?

Author(s):Sprecher, C.M. | Boudrieau, R.J. | Suter, T. | Keating, J.H. | McCarthy, R.J. | Milz, S.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: European Cells and Materials

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 Thirteen Dogs

Author(s):Pike, F.S. | Kumar, M.S.A. | Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Maxillofacial fracture repair using intraosseous wires

Author(s):Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats

Maxillofacial bone healing

Author(s):Härle, F. | Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats

Maxillofacial fracture repair using miniplates and screws

Author(s):Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats

Principles of maxillofacial trauma repair

Author(s):Boudrieau, R.J. | Verstraete, F.J.M.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats

Single cycle to failure in torsion of three standard and five locking plate constructs

Author(s):Cabassu, J.B. | Kowaleski, M.P. | Shorinko, J.K. | Blake, C.A. | Gaudette, G.R. | Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Single cycle to failure in bending of three standard and five locking plates and plate constructs

Author(s):Blake, C.A. | Boudrieau, R.J. | Torrance, B.S. | Tacvorian, E.K. | Cabassu, J.B. | Gaudette, G.R. | Kowaleski, M.P.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Combination tibial plateau leveling osteotomy and transverse corrective osteotomy of the proximal tibia for the treatment of complex tibial deformities in 12 dogs

Author(s):Weh, J.L. | Kowaleski, M.P. | Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Bone Grafting and Tibial Tuberosity Advancement

Author(s):Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Ex Vivo Biomechanical Evaluation of the Canine Cranial Cruciate Ligament-Deficient Stifle with Varying Angles of Stifle Joint Flexion and Axial loads after Tibial Tuberosity Advancement

Author(s):Hoffmann, D.E. | Kowaleski, M.P. | Johnson, K.A. | Evans, R.B. | Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Questions cause of spinal cord compression in dog

Author(s):Boudrieau, R.J. | Faissler, D.
Publication year: 2010
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Risk factors for tibial tuberosity fracture after tibial plateau leveling osteotomy in dogs

Author(s):Boudrieau, R.J. | Kowaleski, M.P.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy or tibial tuberosity advancement?

Author(s):Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2009
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Surgery

Ex vivo biomechanical comparison of the 2.4 mm UniLOCK® reconstruction plate using 2.4 mm locking versus standard screws for fixation of acetabular osteotomy in dogs

Author(s):Amato, N.S. | Richards, A. | Knight, T.A. | Spector, D. | Boudrieau, R.J. | Belkoff, S.
Publication year: 2008
Journal / Book title: 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 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]