Get to Know

Get to Know Natalie Arruda Bergamaschi

Dr. Natalie Arruda Bergamaschi riding a horse

Dr. Natalie Arruda Bergamaschi began working as the Emergency and Critical Care Instructor at the college in January of 2023.

When did you begin working at the College of Veterinary Medicine?
I started working here in late January 2023.

Describe your role at the college.
My position is called “emergency and critical care instructor,” which means I am an ER clinician that gets to teach the students a thing or two!

What is your favorite part of your job?
Being able to teach students in a hands-on, fast-paced environment, is certainly one of the best! The ER team is also truly outstanding and I am learning tons!

Complete this sentence: My most memorable day at work was…
…any days with puppies or kittens are good days!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I absolutely love sports and being outdoors! Show jumping has also always been a big part of my life, but my wife says it is too expensive to bring my horse from Brazil to Illinois.

What is something your co-workers may be surprised to know about you?
As a teenager, I used to play handball and was actually accepted to play on a professional team.

What is one thing on your bucket list?
Bungee jumping, among other high-adrenaline things!

Do you have a favorite restaurant or place in the Champaign/Urbana area?
I am a big fan of seafood. The other day we went to a place called “Golden Crab,” and I can safely say that is has become my favorite! Sorry, Red Lobster

Aside from necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?
Snuggling my cats! I use them as a way to stay sane, especially after long days at work. I will say though, the cats don’t always agree to these terms.

Do you have any pets?
I have 1.5 cats! Let me explain: one is a five-year-old that we rescued after she was hit by a car. She has had multiple hip surgeries and some things taken out, others put in. The other is a 3-year-old that we rescued after she was found with a nerve paralysis. We had to amputate one of her front limbs and now she is the cutest tripod out there!