Meet The Team

Vet Clinic Team

Redgum Vets is staffed by 2.5 Vets. Dr Roger Absalom, has been a Port Augusta local for over 30 years. Well known throughout the district, Dr. Absalom has a close affinity with the outback and rural and remote environments. As such, he regularly services outreach clinics in Coober Pedy, Ceduna, Roxby Downs, Andamooka, Quorn and Hawker, as well as shorter day trips to closer areas.

Dr. Yvette Yates is with us three days a week. Her local knowledge is invaluable and her calm and relaxed manner is a great asset to the clinic.

Dr. Dana Leben is the newest member of the Redgum Vet team. Dr. Dana joins us full time as a new graduate from America, having completed her Veterinary studies at Edinburgh University.

The Redgum Vet clinic is fully equipped and functioning. To ensure the best possible care, support and diagnosis for your pets, we carry an extensive range of diagnostic tools and equipment. This includes digital x-ray processing, and ultrasound, as well as surgical support tools.

We network with a range of specialist services to ensure those more involved cases and surgeries are offered the best outcomes for recovery. Redgum also has the support of a behavioural consultant and an animal Bowen Therapy practitioner.

Redgum carries a wide range of products to support good animal health and care, from nutritional needs, enrichment toys and treats, and skin and coat requirements. Our Vet Nurses are able to support your decision making in ensuring positive animal health.

Dr Roger Absalom (Senior Vet)

Dr. Absalom has been the local Vet in the Port Augusta area for over 30 years. He has a strong understanding of the local environment and the factors which might impact on your animals. Dr Roger has the unique privilege of now working over several generations, from parents to children and now grandchildren. The concept of the family Vet, and the ongoing support of this type of relationship is very important to all the staff at Redgum.

Dr Yvette Yates

Redgum are thrilled to include Dr Yvette in our Veterinary team! Graduating in 2012, Dr. Yvette has been in Port Augusta for a while, and previously supported Redgum with locum roles, before taking up a permanent position. Dr Yvette and her husband welcomed the most laid back baby ever, little Ezekiel, in 2016. Dr. Yvette has an interest in all areas of general practice.

Dr Dana Leben

The newest edition to Redgum is Dr Dana. Travelling all the way from Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, Dr. Dana is keen to learn all things Australian. Already well-travelled, Dr Dana completed her Veterinary degree in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dr. Dana comes armed with some fantastic stories to tell of her travels and experiences.


Kylie is the newest member of the Nursing team at Redgum. Kylie has an extensive nursing history, including working in England for several years. She heads up the Nurse Co-ordinator role and is instrumental in supporting the nursing team. Kylie has her own furbaby, Millie, who is the light of her life.


Dot is well known to Port Augusta locals and has been Vet nursing for more than 20 years. Dot has completed Certificates 2 & 4 in Animal Studies. She has also completed training in Business management and animal nutrition. Dot is in the Clinic Monday to Thursday afternoons. Dot is the person to talk to if you need any merchandise; her years of knowledge will support useful and valid information.


Karla completed her Vet Nurse training in 2016. Karla also won the Trainee of the Year award at the Business Port Augusta Outstanding Awards 2015. Karla supports the Vets in surgery and in the clinic.

Karla is the proud owner of Bindy, her English Mastiff, cat Mia, and horse Tippett.


Keisha is our third Vet Nurse. Keisha is continuing to work through her Vet Nursing qualification, and also supports our Vets in surgery and the clinic and weekend help in the kennels. Keisha is the very proud owner of Polly the Pug, and two adorable cross breeds, Marbles and Charlie.


Duanne is our very capable receptionist and is the person you will most probably talk to when you phone Redgum. New to Port Augusta, she comes from a strong customer service background, and will be eager to help you when you call.

The Van

Not strictly speaking a staff member, but, none the less, the Van is an integral part of the day-to-day operations of Redgum. You might see it delivering food, or collecting a dog for grooming, or as part of the home visit service Redgum operates. Give a wave to The Van next time it passes you!


Louise is Redgum’s practice manager. Coming from a background encompassing Diversional Therapy, and Adult and Vocational Learning, Louise is responsible for the day to day running and organising at Redgum.

Grooming Team


Meet Skye! Skye comes to Redgum Vet & Pet Boarding straight from completing her schooling at Grafton, New South Wales. Skye has been very busy working through her Certificate 3 in Companion Animal Services, under the training of Natalie West, from Dog Diversity in Melbourne.

Dog Diversity has been successfully training dog groomers for the past 11 years.

Skye began her training earlier this year and has quickly learned her new craft. She has been in high demand since starting at Redgum.

Skye has also completed the Certificate 3 in Animal Grooming through Parramatta TAFE, and is currently enrolled in the International Master Groomer course. This is an extensive course, over several years. Skye was recognised by the Pet Industry Association of Australia as a Groomer of Excellence at their 2016 National Conference. This is a wonderful achievement – we are very proud of Skye as she continually sets new goals and strives to meet them.

Skye is in high demand, with clients travelling from as far as Roxby Downs and Coober Pedy.

Skye can also help you with all your queries about shampoos, conditioners, grooming supplies and requirements, as well as nail polishes and doggie hair dyeing!

Boarding Team


Redgum Vet and Pet Boarding are absolutely thrilled to welcome Dillan to the team! Dillan has the happiest of dispositions, and is always smiling! Coming from a strong trade background, Dillan is a very welcome addition, and combines the maintenance role and kennel manager role perfectly. He is thoroughly enjoying his new role and is buy making friends with all the animals as they come into the kennels.

Dillan is supported by a range of Redgum staff, including Vet Nurses and trainee Vet Nurses, as well as holiday support staff. This means your animals get to meet a variety of new friends and have plenty of people to play with during their stay.

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