Crossroads Animal Hospital

Crossroads Animal Hospital was established in 1978 with the goal of providing high quality veterinary medicine in a small, intimate practice setting. We maintain a friendly staff that feels like family. We strive to provide compassionate care to our patients, while listening to the needs and expectations of our clients.

*Note: Doctors are unavailable from 11:30am to 2:00pm
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  • 1151 Orchard Ave
  • Liberty,MO 64068
  • Phone: (816) 781-1510
  • Fax: (816) 781-2738
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  • Mon: 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Tue: 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Wed: 7:30am - 11:30am
  • Thu: 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Fri: 7:30am - 5:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 11:30am
  • Sun: Closed
  • Dr. Joe Howard

    Dr. Joe Howard

    I was born in south Texas in 1949 where all my relatives still live. My family moved to Gladstone in 1953. I attended Oak Park High School followed by 6 years at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

    After graduating from veterinary school in 1974 I returned to Kansas City to practice at Claycomo Animal Hospital, where I had worked since I was 15 years old. After several years at Claycomo I pursued my dream of having my own business by moving to Liberty in March 1978.

    I have a fairly conservative practice philosophy recognizing that animal's bodies were designed to heal themselves and that all medications have some side effects. My job is to relieve pain and speed healing with as little risk of adverse reactions as possible. Therefore, most of my patients are not subjected to a diagnostic test for every symptom.

    I have been active in my profession for many years, having served on the Board of Directors of the KCVMA, including being the president in 1987. I served on and chaired committees for the MVMA and on various local service and charity organizations and am currently serving on the board of directors for Hillcrest Ministries.

    My wife, Ann, and I enjoy spending time with our children and grandchildren. Fishing, golfing and wildlife rehab are among my many interests. I am also one of 2 veterinarians in Clay County licensed for both State and Federal Agencies to treat and rehab wildlife, including protected and endangered species.
    University of Missouri 1974
  • Dr. Christy Wilkerson

    Dr. Christy Wilkerson is delighted with the career path that she has worked toward since the age of three. A graduate of Liberty High School in 1987, Dr. Wilkerson obtained her Veterinary degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1994.

    A career long Northland veterinarian, Dr. Wilkerson started at Eagle Animal Hospital in Riverside Mo. After nine years there, she went to Amity Woods Animal Hospital and Shoal Creek Animal Hospital. In 2007 she rejoined her high school mentor, Dr. Joe Howard at Crossroads Animal Hospital. "It has been an amazing fit and where I am
    supposed to be," says Wilkerson.

    Dr. Wilkerson's goal as a veterinarian is to provide the best quality of life for all her patients. She wants everyone to know the true joy of having a four legged kid in their life. She strives to listen to owner/parent expectations and give them the best options for care.

    Dr. Wilkerson married her high school sweetheart, Neil Wilkerson in 1990. They have two children, Nathan born in 1997, and Josie born in 2000. The Wilkerson's share their home with a German Shorthair Pointer named Jessie, and a Fox Terrier mix named Annabelle.

    In her spare time, Dr. Wilkerson dedicates herself to supporting her kids in their school, debate, football and dance endeavors (i.e. she is a taxi service). 
  • Danie

    I have been a life-long Liberty resident and started working as a Veterinary Assistant at Crossroads in 2004. Working at Crossroads has been one of the most fulfilling jobs I have ever had. My husband and I have in our home two dogs and two cats which keeps our household very lively. 
  • Kimbra

    I began working at Crossroads as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2007. I have been working as a Tech since 1991, graduating from the Vet Tech Program at Maple Woods in 1995. My husband and I share our home with a dog, cats, a bird and a rabbit. 
  • Jane

    After nearly 30 years of teaching, I am excited to be able to pursue my passion of working with animals at Crossroads Animal Hospital.  Dr. Howard has been my vet for over 35 years caring for my many dachshunds.  I am thrilled to be apart of this amazing staff.
  • Kelsey

    After volunteering for years as a teenager, I became a part of the Crossroads Animal Hospital team in 2012. I have two sweet human children who take up most of my time, and two furry children who take up the rest. I grew up on a farm, so I have been around animals my whole life. 
  • Karen

    I began working for Crossroads in December of 2018. I recently got accepted into the Veterinary Technician program at Maple woods and am anticipating the start of that. I can't wait to further pursue my passion and love for all animals.