Hampshire's hard-pressed doctors and nurses are facing an unprecedented challenge as they struggle to cope with the escalating Covid-19 crisis.
But the people responsible for treating illnesses which afflict the county's animals are also being stretched to the limit - largely as a result of the social distancing rules imposed by the government.
Like their NHS counterparts, vets are having to devise new ways of working.
A spokesperson for Seadown Veterinary Services in Frost Lane, Hythe, said: "The world has literally been turned upside down. It's like living in a disaster movie, but one that seems to have no end."
As the virus spread the 100-year-old practice was confronted by a raft of issues, including the best way to manage vets and staff working remotely.
Problems started to multiply after the government was forced to announce even stricter regulations in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.
Laura Trigg, an equine vet and one of directors, said: "The use of the phone to help advise worried clients - and indeed online consultations - has never been so important.
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