About Redgum Vet

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Our History

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The journey to Redgum Vet!


Dr Roger Absalom began his veterinary career in 1984, in Port Augusta, after graduating from Murdoch University. Since that time, Dr Absalom has gained a wealth of local experience in dealing with many animals and problems and pride himself on his dedication to detail and proficient surgical skills.

More recently, Dr Absalom works in the locum capacity all around Australia for 12 months. This decision broadened his horizons, as he dealt with different animals in different locations.

Upon his return to Port Augusta, Dr Absalom began his “Roger the Roving Vet” service, travelling around Port Augusta and nearby towns such as Quorn, Coober Pedy and Port Pirie, where he still regularly visits today.

Roger and Louise Absalom purchased Redgum Kennels in December 2011, reinventing it as a one-stop shop for animal care.

With the addition of three more highly skilled Veterinary staff, Dr. Yvette Yates Dr. Kerrod Uebel and Dr. Hannah Moy, Dr Absalom believes Redgum Vets has the right mix of skills and knowledge to meet the needs of the many clients who come to us each day.

Dr Absalom and his team are committed to ongoing education. This doesn’t stop with our Vets, it continues right across the full range of staff at Redgum.

The Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia asks all registered members to undertake a designated amount of continuing education each year. At Redgum, we encourage our Veterinary staff to highlight areas of interest to them, so that they can continue their education in those areas. This makes their work far more interesting and exciting, and also means that you have three eager, keen and knowledgable Vets available to answer your every query!

We also extend this way of thinking to the full range of staff at Redgum. Whether it be a Vet Nursing role, or Administration, or Kennel and Support Staff – everyone is encouraged to keep learning and to bring those new skills to their work every day!

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Phone: (08) 8642 3308

Why Choose Us?

30 Reasons you’ll be glad you brought your pet to Redgum!

2012 Best Small Business Winner – Business Port Augusta Business Awards

2012 Regional Best Small Business Winner

2013 & 2018 Winner Best Medium Business – Business Port Augusta Business Awards

2013 Winner Most Innovative Business – Business Port Augusta Business Awards

Finalist 2013 Regional Best Large Business

Finalist 2013 Best Small Business – State Community Achievement Awards

We offer total pet care – a one-stop shop inclusive of fully functioning Vet Clinic, extensive Boarding Kennels and Grooming area

Trained staff across all areas

Principal Vet living on site

Principal Vet has been a local resident and practising Vet for 30 years

All Vets are current members of the Australian Veterinary Association

Principal Vet member of AVA interest groups – Equine Vets Australia, Unusual and Exotic Vets, Greyhound Vets

Business is a member of Business Port Augusta

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Local staff

SMS reminders

Follow-up phone calls after surgery

Modern equipment

We attend Pet Expos to bring Port Augusta and districts the latest innovative and unusual Pet retail ideas

Practice Manager sits on Business Port Augusta Board

Discounting price desexing clinics to support low-income clients

Discounted microchip days to support low-income clients

Memorandum of understanding with Port Augusta City Council supporting animal health and control in the city

Outreach clinics to the north and far west of the state – Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta, Copley, Maree, Nepabunna, Ceduna, Yalata, Berri.

Supporting the Department of Health across the state in providing positive animal health experiences in indigenous communities

Kennels with generous exercise areas – we believe dogs should behave like dogs – they play, have fun in the water, generally get filthy, but go home happy, exhausted and are always eager to come back. Owners tell us the dog stands up in the back of the car, wagging tail, as they turn into our street.

We sponsor two events at the Royal Horticultural Society (Adelaide ) Show

We attend and support the local Million Paws Walk

We work extensively with the RSPCA in supporting positive animal health and management in the local area

Accepting work experience students from local and outreach areas

Our Community Programs

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Jenny’s Angels

Jenny’s Angels are a small team of dedicated animal lovers who work together to rescue dogs from the local pound and surrounding country areas. Our dogs are all fostered in loving homes where they experience life in a family and learn valuable lessons needed to ensure their successful transition to their new home. We re-home dogs and puppies of all ages, sizes and breeds that have been surrendered, dumped or abandoned.

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Redgum Vets support Jenny’s Angels in offering reduced price vet checks, vaccinations, microchipping and desexing before re-homing. Jenny’s Angels believe that our dogs are always a part of us for their entire life.

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Local Government Animal Control

Redgum has engaged with local Councils for several years. Currently, we have a working MOU with Port Augusta City Council. We also work closely with Ceduna, Coober Pedy and Far North District Councils, in offering support and advice to the Animal Control Officers, and initiating programs to support good animal health and care in their specific regions..

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This might be desexing programs, or initiatives such as reduced cost microchipping; each program meets strict outcomes and is part of the individual Local Council Animal Program. Redgum are also proud to be involved with each of these local governments and appreciate their help in providing locations for regular Redgum clinics.

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Port Augusta

Redgum has long held a firm commitment to the people of the Port Augusta region, and have undertaken a variety of community-based programs.

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We support the annual Million Paws Walkthrough sponsorship, Veterinary and Nursing presence on the day, offering advice and support. The Redgum staff are also instrumental in seeking sponsorship from a range of suppliers to be part of the prizes and raffles held on the day.

Redgum holds a Memorandum of Understanding with Port Augusta City Council. As part of that commitment to the local Council region, Redgum offers scheduled desexing dates throughout the year. These are designed to support low income earners and pensioners within the city, so they can also enjoy the benefits of animal companionship. Often advertised by the Council, the reduced costs are met by Redgum in their support of reducing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.

Many people don’t know that many animals are brought into the Clinic over the course of a year. From hawks, native birdlife, seagulls, and lizards, to kangaroos, stray kittens and wandering dogs! We have even had young crows, baby sparrows, baby ducks, magpies, and even a swan and rabbits. These animals are assessed by the Vets, and if not injured, we approach animal carers to look after them. Often first aid is provided in getting the animals to a point where the carers can take them. All of this is at no cost.

Redgum also supports Rescue groups, such as the local Council adoption program, RSPCA, Jenny’s Angels, YP Puppy Rescue, Australian Working Dog Rescue, Coober Pedy Second Chance Animals, and Hollys Senior Rescue  by ensuring their Veterinary costs remain as low as possible.

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Redgum Vets visit Ceduna monthly and work closely with Ceduna Council. Every month Redgum provides Ceduna Council with two discounted desexing vouchers. The Animal Control Officers are able to offer these vouchers to people in need, who might otherwise not be able to afford to have their pets desexed.

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We have also worked with Ceduna Council in offering a reduced cost microchip special, to help Ceduna residents to prepare for the new legislation requiring all new animals over 3 months of age to be microchipped.

Programs such as these support local communities. At Redgum, we firmly believe in giving back to the community which supports us.

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Coober Pedy

In Coober Pedy, Redgum works with Coober Pedy Second Chance Animals, in offering reduced prices for desexing, microchipping, vaccinations and general health care.

We also support this organisation with donations for their raffles and fund-raising programs, so that they can continue their great work in reducing the number of unwanted litters roaming the town.

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Far North

Redgum travels regularly to the Far North of the state, from Coober Pedy to Oodnadatta, Maree to Copley, as part of our regular outreach clinics. Our outreach clinics are advertised on Facebook, and also via text and email. All the clients in that region will receive a text or email, alerting them to the upcoming visit. Then, if they are looking for Veterinary support, they give the clinic a call, text or email with their specific request. A few days prior to the planned clinic a staff member will give the client a call and set up the appointments for Dr Roger’s visit.



Redgum have long held a positive relationship with the RSPCA in providing emergency support and care. More recently Redgum have worked with the Whyalla branch of the RSPCA in desexing and vaccinating rehoming animals.

Redgum always support the Million Paws Walk in time and donations, and in providing staff to help with the organisation on the day.

YP Puppy Rescue puppies

YP Puppy Rescue

YP Puppy Rescue is a small, private rescue service set up to specifically save puppies from the pounds within our region of the York Peninsula, working closely with the animal control officers within these areas. They work hard to reduce the number of healthy, re-homeable dogs left in pounds that are euthanised unnecessarily and prioritise the rescue of these dogs.

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YP Puppy Rescue’s aim is to provide a safe, loving environment to enable the puppies to flourish, then, when they are ready, find them homes where they will be cherished forever.

We are proud to be associated with YP Puppy Rescue and their endeavours to support the adoption of so many animals.

Why We Are Perfect For You

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30+ Years Experience

Experience matters. There’s no getting away from that! Dr Roger has concentrated his entire Veterinary career in this area – he knows the region, the seasons, and the people.

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One Stop Shop

Redgum has created a one stop shop for all your animal needs! From total Veterinary care, to grooming and boarding, and now including home visits and home delivery, we take care of all your animal needs in one convenient location.

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Outreach Clinic

No matter where you are situated, in the Far North or West Coast, it is likely that we travel near to you. Call the clinic to find out when our next regular scheduled clinic will be near you!

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Cater For All Animals

Our extensive animal repertoire includes camels, horses, sheep, cattle, native animals (kangaroos, wombats, birds and more) reptiles, companion animals, exotics (rabbits, ferrets etc) and everything else in between!

We Are A One Stop Shop For All Your Needs

Phone: 08 8642 3308