Michael A. Foss, DMV>> Personal Bio: “I graduated from Washington State University in 1983 and started working in the Gorge at the Alpine Veterinary Hospital in 1984. In 1988 I designed, built and opened the Hood River Alpine Veterinary Hospital.

I have been very active in Endurance Rides participating in at least 10 rides a year since 1990. I have been fortunate enough to literally travel the world working Endurance rides.

I am married to a wonderful woman, Sharon (who also works in the clinic). Together we have 3 kids, Patrick, Rachel and Shannon. We live on a small ‘ranch’ in the Snowden area where we have an ever changing number of horses, dogs, cats and pigs.

In my ‘spare time’ I am usually driving to kid activities, riding horses, working around the house or hunting”

Summary of Qualifications:
Successful, stable corporate partner of a multi-clinic mixed animal veterinary practice. Internationally recognized for specific work and interest in the field of Equine Sports Medicine.

Special interest and experience in lameness diagnosis and preventative sports medicine. Licensed to practice veterinary medicine and surgery in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California.

Professional Experience:
Veterinarian, Alpine Veterinary Hospital, Hood River, OR, 1984-Present


  • Administrate and practice out of a two-doctor mixed animal practice, servicing the Hood River, Oregon and surrounding area.
  • Shared corporate owner of two additional veterinary clinics in the surrounding area, The Dalles Veterinary Hospital, and Alpine Veterinary Hospital, Bingen,WA.
  • Managed Alpine Veterinary Hospital, Bingen, WA.
  • Designed and supervised construction of a 4800 square foot mixed animal hospital.
  • Developed first equine surgical facility and rehabilitation facility in the Columbia River Gorge.
  • Developed first accredited Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Endurance Veterinary Course in the American Continents.
  • Organized first financially successful FEI Pan American Endurance Championships in the Americas.

Professional Presentations

  • Effects of Transport on Weight and Selected Blood Parameters of Horses. Bonn, Germany; Association for Equine Sports Medicine, 1996.
  • Rehabilitation of the Equine Athlete. Lexington, KY; American Endurance Ride Conference, 1998.
  • Incidence of Myositis in Long Distance Transport. Reno, NV; Association for Equine Sports Medicine, 1999.
  • Electronic Stimulation Used for Treatment of Contracted Tendons in Foals. Rutgers University, NJ; Association for Equine Sports Medicine, 2000.
  • Treatment of Endurance Horses. Hood River, OR; Federation Equestre Internationale Veterinary Course, 2003.

Professional Recognitions

  • Team Veterinarian; United States Equestrian Endurance Team, World Endurance Championship, Dubai, United Arab Emirates1998. Silver Medal Team.
  • Team Veterinarian: Japanese Endurance Team, World Equestrian Games, Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Assistant Team Veterinarian; United States Equestrian Endurance Team, Manhattan, KS, World Endurance Championship, 1996. Gold Medal Team. Compiegne, France, World Endurance Championships, 2000. Jerez, Spain, World Endurance Championship, 2002.
  • Team Veterinarian; North American Endurance Championships, USA Pacific North Endurance Team, Flagstaff, AZ 1995. Gold Medal Team. Fairhill, Maryland 2005, Silver Medal Team.
  • Assistant Team Veterinarian; USA Pacific North Endurance Team, Kananaskis, Canada, North American Endurance Championships, 1993.
  • Co-Chairman; Bend, OR, Pan-American Endurance Championships, 1997.
  • Head Treatment Veterinarian; Pan-American Endurance Championship, Manitoba, Canada, 1999, South Woodstock, VT, 2001.
  • FEI Foreign Veterinary Delegate; Australian FEI Endurance Championships 2001, New Zealand FEI Endurance Championships 2001, Argentina Sprint Cup 2005, Japanese Shining Moon Ride 2009, 2010, 2012.

Professional Publications

  • Co-author of the Endurance Chapter in Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery by Hinchcliff, Kaneps and Goer. 2004
  • Revising Author, Cat 4H Manuals 1, 2 & 3, Washington State 4H Program.

Special Professional Skills:

  • Veterinary Acupuncture
  • Ultrasonic Heart Scoring in Thoroughbred racehorses.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association, member since 1983.
  • American Association of Equine Practitioners, member since 1983.
  • Association for Equine Sports Medicine, member 1993 – 2002.
    – Served two years as President.
  • American Endurance Ride Conference, member since 1990.
    – Officiating ride veterinarian for 4 to 10 events annually since 1990.
    – Three terms as International Committee Chairman.
    – Two terms served on the Veterinary Committee.
  • North American Shagya-Arabian Society since 1989 – 2007
    – Three years as President.
  • International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, member since 2001.
  • Oregon Veterinary Medical Assoc.  since 1998
  • Washington Veterinary Medical Assoc since 2011
  • United States Equestrian Federation, member since 2002. Internationally Top Rated Endurance Veterinarian, Technical Delegate and Judge (4*).

Related Activities:

  • Breeder of quality Shagya-Arabians since 1989.
  • Owner/Operator of Windswept Equisport Center since 1998.
  • Boy Scout Assistant Troop Master since 2009.
  • Instructor for CAPROFORS in Mirebalais, Haiti, teaching veterinary skills to Hatian Veterinary Agents since 2011.


  • Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA, 1983.
  • Bachelor of Science; Veterinary Science, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 1981.
  • Bachelor of Science; Animal Science, Cum Laude, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 1979.