Nancy Esser serves as superintendent of UW-Madison’s Marshfield Agricultural Research Station (MARS), which is home to the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences’ replacement heifer program as well as the USDA’s Environmentally Integrated Dairy Management Research Unit. Esser is responsible for management of the 650 dairy animal and agronomic research facility, overseeing a staff of over 24 employees.
Esser coordinates animal research trials and conducts station outreach and tours. She manages employee training and compliance with all federal, state, and university protocols, laws, and regulations. Esser manages station certification with UW Occupational Health Program, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee standards and protocols, Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) certification, and state and federal dairy inspections.