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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School
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The Cambridge BOAS Research Group consists of clinical researchers , specialist soft tissue surgeons , a specialist nurse and biological scientists investigating respiratory disorders in brachycephalic canine breeds over the last 10 years. Our research aims to improve breed health long-term and...

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About BOAS

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) “Brachycephalic” means “short-headed” The French bulldog, bulldog, pug, pekingese, shih tzu, Japanese chin, boxer and Boston terrier are all examples of brachycephalic breeds. The most distinctive feature of these breeds is their short muzzle. In...

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Our team

jane_ladlow.jpg Jane Ladlow MA VetMB CertVR CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS University Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery Jane is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (awarded in 2002). Jane’s main area of clinical research is brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome, the...

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Conformation study

Conformation Study The development of BOAS in brachycephalic breeds may be the result of the exaggerated head dimensions, which are detrimental to respiratory and thermoregulatory function. We hypothesize that a few skull measurements may serve as predictors for the development of the respiratory...

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Respiratory function study

Non-invasive respiratory function assessment We are using whole-body barometric plethysmography (WBBP) to measure respiratory function objectively in brachycephalic dogs. The test involves placing the dog inside a transparent WBBP chamber with a constant ventilating airflow. The chamber monitors...

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Journal Articles Conference Abstracts MPhil and PhD Theses Posters Journal Articles: Riggs J, Liu NC, Sutton DR, Sargan D, Ladlow JF. Validation of exercise testing and laryngeal auscultation for grading brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome in pugs, French bulldogs, and English bulldogs by...