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!
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
Practice Manager sits on Business Port Augusta Board
Follow-up phone calls after surgery
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
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.
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..
Redgum has long held a firm commitment to the people of the Port Augusta region, and have undertaken a variety of community-based programs.
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.
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.
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 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.