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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

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The Cambridge BOAS research group consists of veterinary clinicians and biological scientists, investigating respiratory disorders in brachycephalic canine breeds. 

Extreme brachycephaly, or shortening of the skull with a flattened face, is seen in a number of increasingly popular breeds, including bulldogs, French bulldogs, and pugs. The short skull is often accompanied by obstructions in the upper respiratory tract, which result in the Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS)



BOAS Research

We are currently investigating respiratory function in brachycephalic breeds by using the non-invasive technique of whole-body barometric plethysmography (WBBP) and others. We are also conducting studies on the associations between disease progression and brachycephalic head dimensions. DNA samples are also being collected to define the genetic basis of BOAS. The ultimate aim of this research is to improve the health and welfare of brachycephalic dogs by reducing the incidence of severe BOAS.  

BOAS clinic

We have BOAS assessment clinic on every Mondays and Tuesdays. We also provide a soft tissue surgery referral service that includes upper airway surgery for dogs with BOAS. In some affected dogs that only have a partial response to the traditional airway surgery, we perform laser-assisted turbinectomy (LATE). A number of clinical trials are on-going to further optimise surgical options of BOAS. 



BOAS Charity T-shirt designed by Katy Fox 

Following two surgeries Coco the French bulldog had to correct breathing issues her owner, Katy Fox, has designed a beautiful embroidered t shirt which is being sold to raise funds to support the work being undertaken by the BOAS research team at The Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge.

You can find further details of Coco’s BOAS t-shirt, and her story, at or on Instagram @cocothefrenchie8 or @katyfox.x and hear Katy talking about Coco and the inspiration behind the t-shirt at